Phonics and Reading Schemes
Our reading scheme at Leamington contains a wide variety of different books from different publishers. The books are colour coded from dandelion at Foundation Level up to Diamond level which is suitable for upper Key Stage 2 or advanced readers. The bands are used as an approximate estimate given the range of material we use in the school.
If you wish to know more about your child’s home reader please contact the school directly.
Phonics at Leamington
In Leamington school we follow the National Curriculum ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme of work
Phonics and Spelling
At Leamington we use a range of phonics schemes. In Early Years we follow ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme of work. As the children move into Key Stage 1 we follow ‘Read, Write Inc Phonics’ scheme of work.
When children come into Nursery they will begin at Phase 1 which deals mainly with Communication, Language and Literacy area of learning. In particular, it will support linking sounds and letters in the order in which they occur in words, and naming and sounding the letters of the alphabet.
Children entering Phase Two will have experienced a wealth of listening activities, including songs, stories and rhymes. They will be able to distinguish between speech sounds and many will be able to blend and segment words orally.
Children entering Phase Three will know around 19 letters and be able to blend phonemes to read VC words and segment VC words to spell. While many children will be able to read and spell CVC words, they all should be able to blend and segment CVC words orally.
Children entering Phase Four will be able to represent each of 42 phonemes by a grapheme, and be able to blend phonemes to read CVC words and segment CVC words for spelling. They will have some experience in reading simple two-syllable words and captions. They will know letter names and be able to read and spell some tricky words.
Children entering Phase Five are able to read and spell words containing adjacent consonants and some polysyllabic words.
By the beginning of Phase Six, children should know most of the common grapheme– phoneme correspondences (GPCs). They should be able to read hundreds of words, doing this in three ways:
■ Reading the words automatically if they are very familiar;
■ Decoding them quickly and silently because their sounding and blending routine is now well established;
■ Decoding them aloud.
Once the children move into Key Stage 2 they begin to focus on spelling rules. We follow ‘Spelling Toolkit’ from Year 3 through to Year 6.