Phonics, Reading and Spelling
Developing a love of reading is a key priority for all of our children at North Road Community Primary School.
From September 2021, we are trialling a new phonics program in EYFS and KS1, working with the developers at All Aboard Learning, called All Aboard Phonics. This is a systematic synthetic phonics programme, which is delivered in a discrete daily lesson and then practised through out the day. Children learn phonemes, digraphs, split digraphs and trigraphs through actions and rhymes, during interactive and fun lessons.
We use a range of reading schemes and phonically decodable texts to support children’s reading development.
Children are encouraged to read to an adult daily, as part of their home learning. Adults are then encouraged to ask comprehension questions about the text using the prompts on the child’s personalised bookmark. Each read is logged in the child’s Reading Diary and counted towards a Reading Award. These range from bronze to platinum and are rewarded with certificates, bag tags, medals, pin badges, trophies and book tokens.
Children visit the school library weekly to borrow books to further develop their love of reading.
Each classroom has a book area from which additional books can be borrowed. In addition, each classroom has a teacher’s bookshelf where teachers display, promote and share their favourite texts or newly released titles.
Children can also choose to read at break times and lunchtimes, choosing a book from the outdoor book shed and relaxing in the Reading Tepee. At every opportunity, we encourage children to read for pleasure.