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An Introduction to Phonics and Early Reading at Applegarth
All teachers and support staff at Applegarth Primary School have the highest expectation that children will become proficient readers by the end of Key Stage 1. Our chosen phonics programme is Letters and Sounds; using this programme ensures we have a systematic, consistent implementation of phonics. All teaching staff, learning support assistants and senior leaders at Applegarth Primary have been fully trained in the delivery of Letters and Sounds: Certificate of Completed Training.
From the first day in September, our Reception pupils take home picture books in order to establish a habit of reading and sharing stories. To ensure our children make a strong start in phonics, they begin Phase 2 of the Letters and Sounds programme in the second week of the new academic year. Once children have begun accessing Phase 2 of the Letters and Sounds programme, they begin to take home decodable phonics books to support the development of their fluency, understanding and expression; often referred to as decoding, comprehension and prosody. It is intended that these books will be read and re-read to master these vital skills.
At Applegarth School, we are passionate about ensuring all our pupils are given plenty of opportunity to read for pleasure and develop a lifelong love of reading. It is for this reason that all our early readers will also bring home a Read to Me book which is a text chosen by the child for sharing, enjoyment, engagement and togetherness. Our Read to Me books have been carefully curated by staff in order to promote a love of literature and embed a rich literary base within school. Pupils are free to change these books as many times as they want. You can learn more about how each of these books can be used to support reading at home here: Early Reading at Home.
Parent and Carer Guides from Letters and Sounds
Parent and Carer Support for the Y2 Phonics Screening Check 2020
Useful Documents to Support at Home
Phonics Glossary: an explanation of key terms for the teaching and learning of phonics
Top Tips for Phonics at Home: further support for adults working at home with children for phonics and early reading.
Developing a Love of Reading at Home
Recommended Resources to Support Learning at Home
Remote learning and catch up
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