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John Bamford Primary

Phonics and Reading Scheme

We believe that children should attempt all words and that the fear of spelling a word incorrectly should never inhibit their writing. Much is taught through shared, guided and daily phonics sessions, where we follow a detailed and structured programme of the teaching of phonics as detailed in the “Letters and sounds” scheme (a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007). We aim to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right, as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills - This allows the systematic development of sight vocabulary with the aim of our pupils becoming confident and fluent readers!

Guided Reading/ Reading

All classes have access to the Collins Big Cat Books and we follow their banding as a basic skeleton. Alongside this we Oxford Reading tree books (both Biff Chip and Kipper, and Project X) which marry up with the Big Cat Progression ladder. Also we use Oxford Reading tree Project X CODE books and dual banded Big Cat progress books to support our less able readers, as well as Wolf Hill (an exciting series from Roderick Hunt and Alex Brychta, creators of the Oxford Reading Tree). Wolf Hill is designed to provide an easy, supportive and sustained read for those pupils who need to gain confidence and motivation in their reading. Alongside these we have many of Pearson's Rapid Readers titles. We encourage free access to Oxford Reading tree online (Oxford Owl) and we use Pearson's Bug Club as another e-book resource, which allows KS1 pupils to access books online.