Reading and Phonics
From Key Stage 1 (5-7 yr olds) the teaching of reading incorporates the principles of Letters and Sounds to promote high quality phonics teaching, where appropriate.
We acknowledge that ‘skilled word reading’ requires an ‘understanding that the letters on the page represent the sounds in spoken words.’ (National Curriculum for English KS1/2 –Draft DfE (2012)
From Ks1 onwards, those with the necessary prerequisite skills, follow a highly structured, systematic synthetic phonics approach, called Sound Reading.
Others follow a whole word /or picture-symbol approach. We place a strong emphasis on storytelling, imaginative play and role play to promote an interest in exploring books and reading for pleasure and to improve language comprehension skills.