Reading and Phonics
Becoming a fluent reader:
At St Louis School we place a very high importance on learning to read and this is reflected in our above average reading results at the end of Year 6. We do not have one reading scheme that we follow but a mixture of books from a variety of sources to cater for all abilities and interests.
All our books are colour coded with a wide range of choice in each colour band. Each colour band also has a colour coded book mark which lists the skills your child will be learning while in that colour band. Each year the PTA donates money to the school so we can ‘refresh’ our books. We always take into account what the children like to read with pupils having a say in the sort of books they want the school to buy. As well as reading books we encourage our children to read newspapers, comics, magazines and even subtitles on the TV!
Take a look at our Reading Area in Key Stage 2
How can you help?
- Try to make time to listen to your child read
- Talk to your child about their book
- Ask questions so that your child has to think about what they are reading
- Let your child see how important reading is by reading yourself, whether it is books, magazines, newspapers etc
- Read to your child, whether it is a bedtime story or a funny/interesting article in the newspaper
Don't forget to sign your child's reading diary and look at their colour coded book mark so you know what reading skills your child is learning.
Our older children love to help by reading with the younger members of our school.
What is phonics?
There is no one 'right way' of learning to read but at St Louis we know that being able to recognise the sounds that letters make and how sounds go together to make words is really important. This is called 'phonics'. We do not have one scheme that we follow but use a combination of resources from 'Letters and Sounds' and 'THRASS'.
In Early Years Foundation Stage children learn phonics together. In Years 1 and 2 children work in smaller groups depending on their ability. This means that they may be working with children who are older or younger than themselves. Our phonics sessions take place every Tuesday to Friday morning, straight after Early Work until 9.30am. In Years 4 to 6 children have a variety of activities which include phonics, spelling and grammar work, also until 9.30. This is one of the reasons why it is really important that your child comes to school on time so that he or she does not miss out on these vital activities.