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Phonics and Reading

At Roger de Clare we use the DfES document 'Letters and Sounds' as our principle guide for the planning and teaching of phonics across the school.  Teachers are further supported by 'Phonics Bug' , Oxford Reading Tree and Big Cat resources.   

There are daily phonics sessions in EYFS and KS1. 

As a school, we are moving towards whole class guided reading, further supported by group activities that allow children of different abilities to access a more challenging text with adult support.  This text is designed to introduce them to new vocabulary and develop their strategies for decoding new words.  We also work with them on developing their retrieval of information and inference as well as discussing choices that the author might make. 

Our reading scheme follows a colour banding system and pupils move through the bands when assessed on their decoding (ability to read words) and comprehension (ability to understand the text) together.   There should be a 94% accuracy rate before moving to the next level. 

We ask all children to read regularly at home (5 times per week) and for this to be recorded in their reading records.  When reading, it is important to focus on comprehension of text as much as the decoding.  The books that children bring home should be ones that they are able to decode and read with ease, thus developing their fluency.   If you have any questions or concerns, you are always welcome to speak to your class teacher.