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Early Reading

About Phonics and the schemes we use for phonics and reading at Prior’s Mill CE Primary

Phonics is a much debated educational approach to the teaching of reading and writing. Unlike many European languages, English is not a naturally phonic language. This means that you cannot always read a word as it sounds, which in may European languages is normal. 

At Prior’s Mill all Early Years and Key Stage 1 pupils take part in a daily Phonics session. Our Phonetics scheme is the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme, teaching phases 1-6 according to ability. The programme meets the needs of all children using a multi-sensory and active approach. Jolly Phonics actions, prompts and songs are used when introducing new sounds to the children. This begins in Nursery.

The Government has introduced a Phonics Test for children in Year 1, which is either pass or fail on reading a set of words based on phonetic sounds, some real words and some made up. Looking at the outcomes, many excellent readers, reading at a high level, fail the test as they do not use pure phonetics in their approach to words.

Phonics is one useful tool in a range of tools we use to teach reading.

Reading Schemes at Priors Mill C of E Primary

At Prior’s Mill we use materials from reading schemes in a variety of ways. Children are introduced to basic sounds using the following schemes:

The Oxford Reading Tree Scheme is a colour coded scheme where books and the reading scheme are combined at several levels to provide a range of reading materials.

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