Reading and Phonics

At New Islington Free School we aim to teach children to become confident readers. We use 'Oxford Reading Tree', a carefully structured reading scheme, which offers a range of fiction and non-fiction books at every level.

Phonics is taught systematically throughout Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. We follow 'Letters and Sounds', the Government guidance on phonics teaching, and plan fun and interactive lessons to engage young children.

We hold workshops for parents in the Autumn term. These events give parents the opportunity to learn more about how we teach reading and phonics at New Islington Free School and show how parents can best support their children's reading progress.

We value the contribution parents make to the teaching of reading. Every child has a reading record, which charts their reading progress. Teachers offer ongoing guidance, praise and reassurance to parents about their child’s reading. As well as the reading record and informal discussions, teachers report to parents about reading progress during parents' evenings twice a year.

In school, children are taught to read through 'guided reading' sessions.  In guided reading, a group of children share a book with their teacher. They may discuss the plot, characters and writing techniques used by the author.

Reading has a high profile at New Islington Free School. We introduce children to a wealth of good children’s literature, every class has dedicated story time, and books are often used as a stimulus for work in other curriculum areas.

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