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Caythorpe Primary School

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Phonics and Reading at Caythorpe


Early reading at Caythorpe is taught following “Letters and Sounds.” Children are taught the names of the letters and the sounds that letter make. This gives children the knowledge they need to develop as readers. From Reception to year 2 we teach phonics in phases from 1-6. They will move to the next phase as they become more secure with the sounds, this includes recognising sounds within words while reading and applying their sounds into their writing.


At Caythorpe we teach reading using a whole class reading strategy as well as identified groups at times, using banded/graded books covering all genres. Reading activities are varied and are recorded in a Reading Journal. Our teachers regularly update our classroom reading areas with topic themed books and author book boxes to compliment current topics or genres of study. Pupils are assessed using the Star Assessments from the online Rennaisance platform. Each child can choose books within their reading range to read independently and/or share at home depending on the ability of the child as we value our families help support with reading at home. Learners need the space and time to make choices about books, and to discover authors and texts they might not get chance to look at outside of school. Our teachers check pupils are reading books that will challenge them, and create exciting reading areas around the school. After reading a book pupils have opportunities in school to take a quiz on the book they have read. Accelerated Reader is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice, motivating students to read for pleasure and assessing children’s understanding of the texts they read.

If you would like any further information about reading, then your child’s class teacher will be happy to discuss this with you.

This chart shows the progression in colour bands and how they link with the letters and sounds phonics scheme that we use in school. (Please see below)

High Street, Caythorpe, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG32 3DR

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