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Reading and Phonics

At Lambourne we follow the `Oxford Reading Tree’ scheme of reading as the main resource for teaching reading. This is supplemented as necessary with books from other schemes, our library and class books.

The ‘ORT’ books are introduced in our Reception class with picture books. These books are essential in a child’s early development and encourage children to talk about the picture which helps to increase their imagination, vocabulary and communication language. As children progress, simple and frequently used words are introduced into the books.

The ORT scheme of reading uses colour coded levels and books are chosen by children, within that colour group. Each child will read in

class through individual reading and teacher lead guided reading.

Parents are encouraged to hear their child read as often as possible at home not only with their school reading book, but with a variety of material. For example magazines, cereal boxes, menus and books of interest that can be read together.

We teach phonics in our EYFS class using ‘Jolly Phonics’ and ‘Letters and sounds’. Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching Literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children. The `Letters and sounds’ phonics programme uses actions to reinforce the letter sound. It is introduced in Reception Class and used throughout KS1 AND KS2.


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