At Greswold we aim to foster a love of reading and so the development of reading skills is a priority. A key focus of our teaching is the development of phonic skills.
Our main scheme for teaching phonics is Letters and Sounds which is supplemented by Floppy's Phonics from Oxford Reading Tree. We use a wide range of teaching methods and resources to deliver our lessons including games, videos and interactive whiteboard activities. A range of phonically decodable books are used for children to read including Oxford Reading Tree supported by Project X. These high-quality books allow the children to use and apply their phonic skills.
Children are taught daily in ability-based groups which may be mixed across different years. We make full use of our expert teachers and teaching assistants to keep group sizes small. This allows for focused teaching which enables the most effective learning.
At the end of the Summer term all pupils in Year 1 will be assessed using a national phonic screening assessment to ascertain whether they have met the expected standard in reading or not. Any children who do not meet the expected level at the end of Year 1 will be re-assessed at the end of Year 2. Children need to be able to read both real and non-real (pseudo) words in this assessment task.