At Westbourne, we begin by teaching children to read using a phonic approach (using the Jolly Phonics Scheme). This way, children learn the sounds which make up the English language and relate them to their written forms. Children can then 'sound out' words by reading them in sequence before blending them into words. This system is supported using phonic-based fiction and non-fiction reading books. Through the Infants and into the Juniors, we use the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme to develop their reading skills. These books are sequenced according to difficulty and introduce high-frequency words as well as building on the phonic patterns with which children are becoming increasingly confident. As the children progress still further, they become 'free readers', meaning they can select their own reading material from either classroom book corners or from their own/local library collection. Our ultimate aim is for all children to enjoy reading and to derive pleasure from engaging with a wide variety of books and texts.
20th September, 2021 - Please click back soon as we are compiling useful links for parents/carers to support children with Phonics!