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Reading & Phonics at Holt House

Reading is at the heart of our school, we are determined that every child learns to read.  Attractive and engaging reading areas in every classroom bring high quality books alive for children, so that they can immerse themselves in reading.  Through well planned and sequenced lessons, children learn the essential reading knowledge and skills that they need for life.  There are many opportunities for reading throughout the school day which include:

⦁ Individual reading – one adult reading with one child
⦁ Guided reading – one adult reading with a group where everyone has the same book
⦁ Shared reading – one adult reading one big text large enough for everyone to see with a class
⦁ Independent reading
⦁ Story time with their teacher

Children are encouraged and expected to read and enjoy books at home. When children need extra support we provide additional reading in school.

Synthetic phonics is learning about sounds and then synthesizing them together to make words. Learning phonics is the main way in which we teach children to read. At Holt House we use the ‘Monster Phonics’ programme. https://monsterphonics.com/
Most children are able to learn to read by learning phonics. A few children find this tricky, but are helped to catch up quickly with one of our reading support programmes. If there are any concerns about a child’s reading, parents and carers will be informed and our the special needs co-ordinator, may get involved. Phonics is taught progressively, in a fun way that everyone can enjoy.  Children are provided with phonetically decodable books to help them read independently.

My Phonics Book
When children start on their reading journey they have a personalised ‘My Phonics Book’ with sounds and words they are learning in school. These books will continue to be sent home until the children have successfully passed the phonics check. For most children this will be at the end of Y1 but for those children needing additional time these will continue in Y2. My Phonics books should be brought to school with the children every day.

Developing Readers
Once a child knows the first 6 sounds, the child’s teacher will chose a Monster Phonics decodable reading book for them to take home to read to their parents or carers.  This is linked to a child’s reading development and is changed after the weekly group guided reading session with the teacher.  It should be read and practised several times so that it can be read easily, without sounding out.

Confident Readers
Children who have secure phonics knowledge, can read the first 100 High Frequency Words (HFW) and are confident readers transfer to the ‘book band’ approach. This gives them the opportunity to read from a range of books at each stage, so that they can read widely and develop their comprehension skills.  Children are supported in choosing a book that they would like to take home from their colour band, so that they develop the skill of selecting their own book. It is changed after the weekly group guided reading session with the teacher. 

Reading for Pleasure
Children can take home a picture fiction book each week for story time with their parents or carers.  This ‘story time book’ is not linked a child’s reading development.  This book is just for pleasure and may be read to a child by their parents or carers.  

Support for Parents/Carers
Parents and Carers are asked to support their child by reading to them and listening to them read their ‘My Phonics Book’ ‘or the book given to them by their teacher, at least three times a week. We ask parents to write when they have heard their child read in their Home/School Reading Diary. Teachers will also write in this when they have read at school to let you know how your child is progressing with their reading.

Our aim is that when the children leave Holt House to move on to junior school they are able to read ‘like breathing’.  We will work with any families having difficulties to support children at home to try and break down these barriers. This will be done on an individual basis for each family but may include chats with teachers at the beginning / end of the day, telephone calls or support from Mrs Percival at an Early Help level.

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