Our curriculum has a strong English focus and each topic has a ‘core text’, which is used as a stimulus for engaging in English tasks across the curriculum. English is taught daily in Key Stage 1 and 2.
In addition to daily English lessons, children also have daily guided reading sessions which focus on the teaching of specific reading skills such as decoding, comprehension and inference and are used to enhance children’s enjoyment of reading.
At Stanford, we use the teaching materials and sequence of Read, Write Inc. which has been modified so that it is tailored for our school. All children in Reception to Year 2 have daily phonics sessions for 30 minutes. Children are organised according to their phonics ability and work in mixed age groups.
Each sound is presented to the children with its corresponding image and rhyme. This supports the children to remember the sound as well as the letter formation.
Read, Write Inc is organised into sets which outline the order that sounds are taught. As children learn an increasing number of sounds, they are presented with a growing number of ‘Green Word’ cards which are words that the children can sound out and blend to read. Children also have sessions where they look at ‘Red Word’ cards. These are words which cannot be phonetically read. As children move into learning Set 2 sounds, phonics sessions contain reading and writing tasks so that pupils apply what they have learnt.
If you would like more information in the teaching of phonics and ways to support your child at home, visit the Read, Write Inc website for supporting videos and materials designed for parents and carers.