Reading and Phonics
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Learning to read is key to ensuring children can access learning in all subject areas. When children first begin the process of learning to read the emphasis is very much on learning to decode words and develop an understanding of sentence structure and punctuation. As children's skills develop, easy readers are replaced by high interest books with more challenging content.
Through our phonics curriculum children learn to identify the many small letter sounds called phonemes that are used to make words, such as 'a', 'b', 's', 'ee', 'ai', 'st'. Children first learn to hear and repeat these small sounds and when they can do this they can move on to decode them for reading and encode them in writing. This is one reason why sharing nursery rhymes and reading to, and telling, stories to your children is so important before they start school.
In Reception class, reading, spelling and handwriting are taught together using 'letters and sounds'. When a child's 'phonic knowledge' is secure they are given a reading book to take home to help them learn to decode for themselves.