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Our Reading Journey

Learning to read at St Aidan’s begins with learning phonics, whilst enjoying some of the best books and stories around. Our aim is that all children learn to read and write the 44 phonemes by the end of Year 1.

Classroom activities and interventions ensure that children move quickly and easily through all the sounds, before moving onto new reading skills. Here at St Aidan’s we use a whole school phonics programme called ‘Floppy’s Phonics and ‘Phonics Play’, to make sure that all our children make good progress. Phonics lessons are fun and have clear structure, pace and progression underpinned by regular assessment. Children’s early reading in Key Stage 1 is supported by using phonically decodable texts. High frequency words are taught as part of the phonics lesson.

Additional provision is made available for all children who do not make expected progress in phonics. Extra provision is made available to children in Yr2 and Yr3 who did not achieve the pass rate in the Yr1 phonics test.

Learning to read is one of the most important skills we ever develop. At St Aidan’s we have a whole school strategy to develop a love of reading and to create opportunities to learn to read across the curriculum through Power of Reading. Every child has a reading record and take part in well planned and meaningful guided reading sessions.

The school has an outdoor learning library as well as a guided reading book library where children have access to a wide range of high quality texts, to read in school, at play and lunchtime and to share at home. These books are organised using the Book Banding colours so that the children read books that are appropriate for their reading level. For those children who are at the early stages of learning we have a collection of phonetically decodable books