Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible. We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.
We do not use any specific reading scheme, but we use the Letter and Sounds programme to teach phonics. Letters and Sounds is a fun and interactive way to support children in learning how to read and write.
In Reception, we also use the Jolly Phonics scheme alongside Letters and Sounds. Jolly Phonics represents each sound or phoneme with an action, helping children to remember both more easily.
Phonics at School
Letters and Sounds is split into six phases which children will progress through during their time at Castle Hill. Once children are confident at phase six they move onto the ‘Support for Spelling’ programme.
Phonics at Home
It is important that your child practises learning to read and write at home too.
In Reception we will send home the four new phonemes the children have learnt each week so you know what they are and can practise using them at home. The children will also receive a bookmark with some high frequency words to learn by sight. Once they know these words by sight they will be given a new bookmark.
In Key Stage One the children will receive a bookmark every Friday to practise at home too. This bookmark contains the words the children will be learning how to read and write the following week in phonics.