How do we teach reading at Sandon?
Daily phonics/speaking & listening sessions
Learning words by sight
Guided Reading through our English curriculum – reading as a class/sensory stories
Reading comprehension tasks at single-word and full text level through our English curriculum
Fostering a culture of reading for pleasure through school library visits and class story times
Independent reading – each pupil is assigned a reading book and reading record which is read regularly in class and taken home to be read by parent/carer
At Sandon, Phonics is taught in an individualised and personal manner. For those of our pupils who are phonics-ready, we follow the systematic phonics programme ‘Phonics Bug’ (validated by the DfE). Phonics Bug combines decodable books with BBC CBeebies video and a range of aural, visual and kinaesthetic phonics activities to appeal to all.
Pupils following Phonics Bug take home fully decodable phonics books at the right level for their learning.
We have adapted this teaching programme to fit the needs of our pupils. We added carousel activities with sensory elements incorporated and the learning is broken down into manageable chunks.
Pupils following this programme have daily phonics lesson. The new phoneme is introduced at the start of the week and then repeated for the rest of the week. This supports our pupils’ learning through repetition and structure. In their phonics lessons the children learn different sounds and how they are written (as a letter or groups of letters). They practice blending sounds together to read words and they practice writing letters and words. Pupils on this scheme will also take home a carefully chosen fully decodable reading book at the right level for them.
Pupils follow a 12-week cycle of Phonics Progression Levels. After a cycle, the pupils are assessed on their ability to recognise, read and write the phonemes learnt. If they have mastered 80% of phonemes, pupils then progress to the next level. If not, they remain on the level and repeat the cycle. This is done to ensure that our pupils aren’t rushed through the programme before they are ready. They work through the programme at a pace which is appropriate to their individual needs.
For those pupils who aren’t yet ready for phonics, we concentrate on developing speaking and listening skills. These pupils have daily sessions where they practise the ‘Phase 1 Aspects’ of general sound discrimination, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds, oral blending and segmenting.