Reading and Phonics
At Barnwell Academy we believe that reading is a skill which is taught through planned, systematic phonic lessons which lead to the enjoyment of books, the appreciation of different genres and the ability to access information independently.
To develop phonetic skills which lead to blending and reading fluently.
To promote confidence and positive attitudes to reading.
To equip pupils with the necessary comprehension skills required to develop an understanding of the texts they read.
To provide pupils with a wide range of different text genres and widen their understanding, knowledge and skills in reading.
To develop good home/school links that actively promotes reading.
Phonics in the Curriculum
At Barnwell Academy phonics is taught from Nursery to Year 2 using the Letters and Sounds programme. This programme is also enhanced using the kinesthetic teaching approach of Jolly Phonics.
In the Nursery Phase 1 of the phonics programme is taught throughout the curriculum focusing on exploring and investigating different sound including environmental sounds. This progresses to listening for letter sounds in words. From Reception to Year 2 discrete phonic sessions are taught daily. These sessions teach Phases 2 to 6 of the Letters and sounds programme. Pupils learn the alphabetical code and also how to blend and segment sounds to read and spell words.
At Barnwell Academy reading is embedded into all aspects of the curriculum. During discrete reading lessons from Reception to Year 2 Pearson Bug Club reading scheme is used to teach reading as it systematically develops core decoding skills. In Key Stage 2 Bug club continues but is enhanced through a wider range of texts including Pearson Storyworld and Oxford Reading Tree as well as other genres such as Direct News, the newspaper for young readers.
Teaching and Learning
Phonics and reading is taught in a variety of ways depending on the age and ability of each pupil. High quality modelling of blending and segmenting words is an initial first strategy to decoding. Interactive resources and games are used and children are given the opportunity to rehearse sounds verbally and record them in written work. Phonics sessions are structured to build on previous learning and introduce new phonics skills and subject knowledge. Sessions often follow the revisit/review, teach, practise and apply model. Sessions are planned to include opportunities for development of speaking and listening, reading and writing.
Click on the 'Bug Club' link below, login and enjoy!