Reading & Phonics
At Meadhurst Primary School we aim to develop a love for reading within each pupil. Reading is a fundamental part of our society, a key skill that we use every day without even realising.
Reading and writing are two subjects which are closely intertwined and therefore good reading skills will be reflected further in the children’s writing.
Throughout their time at Meadhurst Primary School, children are encouraged to read a variety of texts and genres to develop their knowledge and understanding. The children begin their reading journey on a colour banded reading scheme which enables them to develop the essential reading skills and independence to eventually become a free reader. In Reception and Key Stage 1 children learn to read through the use of Letters and Sounds, decoding words by segmenting and blending.
Throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children are encouraged to read with expression and intonation to bring stories alive. By exploring a text through drama activities, reading helps to develop the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness. The pupils also learn essential strategies to answer key retrieval and inference questions through the use of Cracking Comprehension and Guided Reading. Once in the upper end of the school, we encourage the children to be analytical readers who read between the lines and interpret the implied meanings. By the time the children leave us at the end of Key Stage 2 they will be competent readers and writers who are able to read and comprehend a range of genres and write in varied styles.
We are proud to have taken part in Battle of the Books, a competition between Spelthorne schools that is aimed to showcase the children’s knowledge and understanding. Each year four Year 2 children are selected to compete and we are delighted that our Year 2 children won first place in both 2016 and 2018.
At Meadhurst Primary School we love celebrating World Book Day! This incredible opportunity provides children with the time to immerse themselves into a book and bring their favourite character to life, allowing them to share their passion for reading with others.
Our Reading Schemes at Meadhurst Primary School
At Meadhurst Primary School, we encourage our children to read a variety of books and genres. Underpinning all teaching of reading is an emphasis on reading for pleasure, with an aim to enthuse all children with a love of books.
In the early stages of reading, the children focus on letters and sounds, developing reading strategies to help them decode words and sentences. As they move through the school they pay close attention to punctuation and expression. Once in the upper end of the school, we encourage analytical readers who read between the lines and interpret the implied, focusing on the children’s comprehension.
In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, the children develop their early reading skills en use the following schemes in order to become fluent and competent readers:
- Project X
- Tree Tops
- Literacy Links
- Rising Stars
A range of other reading schemes are used throughout the school to ensure the children experience a wide breadth of texts and genres. These include some of the following: All Aboard, Rapid, Jump Start, Snapdragons, and Wildcats etc.
Phonics at Meadhurst Primary School
Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007.
At Meadhurst School, we use the Letters and Sounds programme to teach phonics. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. Please watch the following video, which shows how each sound is accurately pronounced. These pronunciations are used by us in school to teach, and should be used by you at home whenever you are practising sounds and reading with your child.