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Barnes Farm Infant School

Barnes Farm Infant School

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 Reading, Phonics and Spelling


Reading is a core subject in school.  Children learn to read with a mixture of methods.  We use 'Jolly Phonics' materials in our regular sessions to teach synthetic phonics. We follow the Letters and Sounds document to ensure National expectations are met.

The website links below offer further information:

http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/phonics/play/

At the end of Year One, our children are formally assessed through a Phonics Screen. The screen assesses the children through the reading of 40 words. Some of these words are real words and some are pseudo words (not real).

For further information, click on the link below:

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/home/reading-owl/expert-help/the-year-1-phonics-screening-check

Children are exposed to rich texts from a range of authors and encouraged to develop a love of reading early on.  Once children are able to decode words they also start to read using a core sight vocabulary.  

Children read books from a mixture of published schemes (Oxford reading Tree, Jolly Phonics etc) and “real books”.  Children are always encouraged to read for meaning and to understand what they have read.  We are developing a dialogic approach to reading comprehension, also known as Reciprocal Reading, which places emphasis on the use of searching questions and inferential connections.

For spelling, the 2014 national curriculum lists the following 'common exception words' for children to learn. It is important that children can read and spell these words with confidence, by the end of the year in which they are being taught. The word lists are attached below.