Phonics and Reading

At Alverton School we use a progressive, systematic synthetic phonics approach to teach children to read and write. Daily phonics sessions begin in our nursery where children are taught how to make and differentiate between sounds, as well as the fundamentals of speaking and listening. In the EYFS and KS1 (and through to LKS2 where appropriate) children continue with daily phonics lessons, using the synthetic phonics approach which teaches them the pure sounds that individual and groups of letters make. We make use of a range of engaging resources which give pupils opportunities to practise their developing skills. Pupils are taught how to blend sounds together for reading and to segment them for spelling, also learning the names of individual letters. 

In the earliest stages of learning to read children develop their decoding, fluency and comprehension by reading and re-reading books from our reading scheme: Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds. Books are carefully matched to their current phonic knowledge to enable them to use phonics as the primary strategy to work out new words. We offer our older pupils access to a wide range of engaging age-appropriate books to develop their reading skills, as well as their love of reading. 

Whilst we maintain a clear focus on giving all children the skills to read effectively, we are also committed to inspiring a love of reading in our pupils. High quality books, stories and poems are shared daily and our teachers make use of a variety of engaging texts across the curriculum. Books are taken home so that parents can help by listening to, and reading with, their children and we encourage children and parents to make use of our Woodland themed library. At Alverton School our aim is for pupils to become capable and confident readers who engage with, and enjoy, the widest possible range of reading materials.