Teaching children to read at Shocklach Oviatt Church of England Primary School
Learning to read is central to all learning in school. Everything else depends on it. We put as much energy into reading skills from the time the children enter our Reception as we believe it is extremely important.
We want children to develop a passion for reading, we want them to be able to read for themselves. We aim to ensure that all children have a love of books as well as being able to read independently.

How we teach reading – some answers for parents
We start to teach ‘tuning in’ and sound discrimination games. Singing Nursery Rhymes, listening and differentiating between environmental sounds are all key early reading skills. As soon as we feel your child is ready for letter sounds be begin to introduce a phonics programme – we use a variety of approaches for this including Letters and Sounds.

How will my child be taught to read?
The children are screened when they enter Reception and again throughout their time in Key Stage 1. This means that we know which phonics group to place them in based on how many sounds they know. The children will be moved in and out of groups according to their need. We then introduce new phonic sounds which helps children know how to ‘read’ and how to sound out words they need to write. We teach the children simple ways of remembering how to recognise sounds and letters, we begin with sounds s,a,t,p,i,n – when the children know these sounds they can start to make some words.   Ask the children to show you how we say the sounds! We then teach the children different ways of making the same sound, ay (may I play) ai (snail in the rain) a-e (make a cake) and build on this until the end of Year 2.
We also teach ‘red’ words, these are words that are ‘tricky’ and cannot be sounded out, I, the, no, go, said, have, are some examples of this type of word.
The children practise reading (and spelling) words. They also read books in class and we expect parents to support reading by signing reading journals to show when you have listened to your child read at home.
As teachers we also read to the children several times a day to ensure that they share our love of books and develop an understanding of different genres, information books, poetry, comics, stories. By sharing a wide range of text the children build on their vocabulary which helps to support their writing.

How will I know how well my child is doing?
We aim to keep you informed of your child’s progress through parents evenings and writing in their reading journals. If we feel your child needs extra 1:1 or small group support with their reading, we will let you know.
We screen the children in Year 1 to let you know how your child is performing compared to the rest of the children in the country. The Government introduced this phonics screening check a few years ago and there is a meeting about this with the Year 1 teacher every year.

What can I do to help?
Please read with your child as much as possible, this greatly supports their progress in school. Daily practise is essential.
If you have any concerns about reading and your child’s progress please contact your child’s class teacher. Children are all different and won’t learn to read at the same rate and pace, it can take some time for children to learn how to segment or blend sounds. Your continued support makes a great difference.

Order of red words to learn