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Reading / Phonics    

At Our Lady’s we follow the ‘Read Write Inc’ phonics programme. This offers a lively, vigorous approach to learning synthetic phonics. We place great emphasis on children mastering phonics in year Reception and year 1 to enable them to become skilful readers. Through a fast paced and rigorously assessed approach children are exposed to a phonics curriculum based on repetition, over teaching and a rich diet of literature. Reading is closely linked to phonics development; once children know the letter sounds they will bring home a reading book to practise reading at home, this book will be clearly matched to their reading and phonics level. Children have daily story time sessions with staff and parents are encouraged to share a wide range of books with their child at home through our book for bedtime scheme.

During years R,1 and 2 you will be invited to join your child at weekly Stay
and learn Sessions and learn the sounds and how they blend together for reading. At the same time your child will learn to form their letters using lively rhyme, ready for writing words and then sentences.

Reading is at the heart of everything we do at Our Lady's as we recognise the importance of developing reading skills, extending children’s vocabulary knowledge and encouraging reading for pleasure.  This is done in a variety of ways e.g. Reciprocal Read sessions, Book Fairs, After School Book Buddies, Reading Picnics, Visits to local library etc.  Each class has designed and created inspirational reading corners to encourage reading for pleasure.

Our Lady’s has achieved Gold level Reading Quality Mark