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Greenleaf Primary School

Greenleaf Primary

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Phonics and Reading

At Greenleaf, we aim to encourage a life-long enjoyment of reading for pleasure.

As such, we use real books both in Literacy lessons and in Guided Reading and provide children with a range of "banded/levelled" books to support their progression in reading.  Some of these books may also be from a recognised reading scheme.  However, we use a range of resources and do not adopt a "one scheme fits all" approach.

Children learn to read in a variety of different ways, including:

* Phonics

* Pictures

* Contextual clues

* Recognition of key words (sight vocabulary)

* Repetition

 

We value a range of approaches, but recognise that in the early stages of reading, Phonics plays a key role.  At Greenleaf, we believe in meeting the needs of the each individual child.  Therefore, we do not use just one scheme, since we believe this would limit the teacher's professional judgement.  Our planning draws on best practice from a range of resources and schemes, including Jolly Phonics (children respond well to the sound/action links) and Letters and Sounds.

Children are arranged into small groups for daily discrete phonic sessions, according to their needs.  The focus of the phonic sessions is then mirrored in the whole class daily Literacy session, where texts will be chosen to reflect the phonemes (sounds) being taught that week.

Phonics teaching is not limited to Reception and KS1.  Depending on the need of the child, phonics often continues throughout KS2, again in discrete sessions, which link back to whole-class Literacy lessons.