Phonics is taught daily in EYFS and KS1 and is delivered through interventions in KS2 to any children requiring further phonics learning. Phonics teaching is primarily based on the Letters & Sounds scheme although teachers ensure provision of phonics is tailored to suit individual needs and may therefore use some alternative teaching methods to support this.
At Goldthorpe Primary School we use the Oxford Reading tree scheme to support our children in developing their reading skills. The books are banded according to their level of difficulty, providing children with a challenging reading experience which also allows them to use their developing phonic and whole word knowledge to read independently.
The Oxford Reading tree scheme comprises of a mixture of Fiction, Non-fiction and Traditional tales, which allows children to experience a variety of texts. Oxford Reading Tree books include series such as Floppy’s Phonics, Biff, Chip and Kipper, Traditional Tales, Songbirds Phonics, inFact, and Story Sparks.
The fiction texts are set in a mixture of familiar and fantasy settings and many of the characters appear across the different levels of the books so the children become familiar with them.
Non-fiction texts are relevant to other areas of the curriculum and allow the children to ask questions and find the answers to them.
We do have access to a selection of books from other reading schemes to ensure we can meet the individual needs of every child so there may be instances where books from Project X or Read, Write, Inc. are used instead. We also use the Accelerated Reader programme across school which you can read more about on our Accelerated Reader page here.