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Phonics

Phonics
 
The teaching of phonics helps a child understand that spoken words are made up of lots of different sounds, and that these sounds can be put together in different ways to help them read and write words. 
 
All children in Early Years and KS1 take part in high quality phonics sessions five times a week. These sessions are active and fast paced, with an emphasis on teaching the skills needed for reading and writing. 
 
Reading
 
Our phonics is linked to our reading scheme 'Big Cat' which has reading materials in the phonic phases. We supplement this with books from Oxford Reading Tree and Treetops for high frequency words and the children are actively encouraged to apply their reading skills to 'real books'. The children's reading skills are developed and extended in a range of different ways - whole class sharing of a high quality class text, individual reading with an adult, guided reading group sessions, paired reading with another child.