Reading and Phonics
Reading is a very important part of the curriculum at Sapperton as it underpins everything we do.
At Sapperton phonics is taught by following the Department of Education ‘Letters and Sounds’ publication which sets out the order in which we teach the letter sounds and blends; we use a wide range of resources including Jolly Phonics. We know children use a number of strategies when learning to read so we also use more visual resources like Letterland.
In the Early Years and Key Stage 1 we use Oxford Reading Tree as a main resource, supplemented by other books to give breadth and balance of both fiction and non-fiction. These are organised in stages and the children progress through them individually as their reading improves.
When ready, children move on to individual 'free' reading books which are grouped by difficulty of content and vocabulary. We use 'Accelerated Reader', an online reading assessment program. This helps us to group children for guided reading where they are introduced to more challenging books and new authors. Our children read to an advanced level, so care is taken to ensure the books are appropriate for age and maturity.