Phonics and Reading
In school we teach daily phonics using Essential Letters and Sounds, in Reception we teach children how to read using fully synthetic phonics scheme. From this children are introduced to Oxford Reading Tree scheme of books, here they get to meet new characters such as Chip, Biff and Kipper, the books are short, fun and interesting to read. As your child moves on into the juniors they will start to read Treetops and Project X books, here they will meet characters such as X-Bot and read about mini missions involving Professor X. At times children can struggle with reading and may need a little more support, for this, we use a scheme called ‘Code X‘ children are placed on the scheme for a short amount of time with extra adult support their progress is monitored and they are placed back on the regular scheme when ready. We also have another intervention, a computer based intervention called ‘Lexia’. Lexia is aimed at struggling readers and is a programme which is undertaken 3 times per week for approximately 20 minutes. Already we are seeing amazing progress being made by the children using the intervention.
Early reading is crucial to your child’s development and achievement in school. Reading at home regularly will support your child and enable them to be a more confident reader. Below we have some useful resources that will help you along with your child’s reading journey.
Parent Support for Reading
Epic is a site that give access to thousands of free books online, please click the link below to find out more.
Click here to access Oxford free online books at home
Oxford Owl has produced 100’s of free ebooks for you to read with your child at home. Click on the link choose a level that is appropriate for your child and enjoy reading together! If you are unsure about what level your child is reading check their home reader or use the chart below for some guidance.
This Oxford Reading Tree Guide explains how your child will follow the book bands and levels and make progress in reading.
To teach phonics in school we use ‘Letters and Sounds’ this is recommended from the Department for Education. A link to the document can be found here (opens in new tab). At Wellesbourne Primary and Nursery School we use a range of resources to complement the programme and make it as fun and engaging for children as possible. Please take a look at the resources below to see how you can help to support your child at home as they learn phonics.
Phonics Play is a free website that allows your child to play interactive phonics games on their computers, laptops or Ipads.
We love reading for pleasure at Wellesbourne Primary School, take a look at some of the photographs from our recent Family Event based upon reading and our more recent Reception Winter Wonderland.