Phonics and Reading
At Puttenham CofE Infant school we understand the importance of reading as the key to effective learning and progress. We know through educational research that children will increase and improve their vocabulary through extensive reading and this in turn supports their writing. We have developed a reading culture so that children appreciate and love books. The skills they learn will help to prepare them for learning in every area of the curriculum.
Reading is taught in a daily, discrete phonics lesson using the Read, Write Inc. systematic phonics programme. This is a well-structured programme which teaches children to read accurately, fluently and with good comprehension. The children will have the opportunity to read and demonstrate their comprehension during these lessons. They will also read with an adult on a one to one basis each week and with volunteers. We also encourage children to read at home with a combination of e-readers, shared reading books and library books. The children will also have the opportunities to listen to stories.
We have a dedicated story at the end of each day. Each class has their ‘favourite five’ books each half term. These books become very familiar to the children and encourage language acquisition, discussion and questioning.
Each class has a book area where children can enjoy reading books of their choice as well as a well-stocked reading scheme, library and reading shed in the playground.
More information about reading including our Read, Write, Inc parents' meeting powerpoint and resources can be found by clicking 'How we teach reading' in the curriculum section of the website.