English and Phonics

We believe that a high quality education will teach all pupils to speak, read and write in English fluently so that they can communicate ideas and emotions to others and others can communicate with them.  Through reading in particular pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, socially, intellectually and spiritually. Reading enables pupils both to acquire knowedge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language  are essential to participating fully as a member of society.

Our approach to phonics and reading:

At Ark Byron we use the Read, Write, Inc. (RWI) Phonics programme which is a synthetic phonics and literacy programme for all reception and Year 1 children within the school. Children learn the 44 common phonetic sounds in order to be able to independently blend them to develop reading, writing and spelling skills.

The RWI sessions are expected to take place each day for all reception and Year 1 children, as the pace and consistency of the programme is a key element to developing reading skills for all children which is integral for accessing the rest of the school curriculum.

Our ultimate aims and objectives within the Read Write Inc programme are for the children to be able to learn and apply sound blending skills and to learn to segment words in order to be able to create skilled and confident readers. Children also learn to read and spell words that do not conform to regular phonetic patterns (High Frequency Words) and decode both fiction and non-fiction texts through discussion, performance and teacher led activities.

In Reception each week a book is used as a focus for the learning.  In Year 1 there is also a focus on studying books in detail in order to develop reading comprehension, grammar and vocabulary as well as a stimulus for writing.

From Year 1 onwards children have daily reading lessons (in addition to their phonics lesson where children are on the phonics programme). Children are introduced to challenging texts and are guided to develop their comprehension and inference skills.

From Year 1 onwards children have formal poetry lessons each week.

We use a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts in Literacy lessons to inspire a love of reading.