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Melbourne Primary School

Melbourne Primary School Melbourne Primary School

Phonics and Reading


At Melbourne Primary School we are firm believers in reading for enjoyment and to become life-long learners. We incorporate a daily 'Book Babble' session within our timetable aimed at harnessing  a love of reading and books through a range of book based activities.

Learning to read begins with a systematic approach to the teaching of phonics, which continues through Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2 and beyond to meet individual need.

There are 6 phases in phonic progression beginning with phase 1, in which children explore many different sounds in order to develop their listening skills through to phase 6, in which children read much longer texts for fluency and meaning.

In Early Years and Key stage 1 pupils have a daily 20 minute phonics session, which we teach using the ‘Letters & Sounds’ scheme.

As children move through Year 2 and then throughout Key Stage 2 pupils learn different spelling patterns and rules according to the National Curriculum 2014.

Each September we hold an introductory workshop for Reception parents, together with a range of phonics ideas, to illustrate first-hand how children are taught to read and write in the early years of school. Further workshops are also held throughout the school focusing on the key priorities for reading.

At Melbourne Primary School reading practice takes many forms:

Individual reading to an adult using a variety of school based resources. For example Phonics Bugs, Rigby Star, Songbirds, Jelly and Bean, Oxford Reading Tree schemes or from the home reading book boxes;

Silent reading followed by a comprehension activities to explore understanding;

Guided Reading in small groups with a teacher or teaching assistant to teach specific skills in EYFS and Year 1;

Paired reading with another child;

Whole class reading of texts aloud;

Whole class guided reading from Year 1 (from Summer Term) to Year 6:

Listening to class stories read by the teacher.

Children read texts (fiction and non-fiction) from books and screens.  Each classroom has access to a range of reading materials.  Pupils use reading journals to record their thoughts, ideas and understanding of their reading from Year 2. Reading is set as regular homework, and Reading Records are used to enable parents and teachers to record progress made, thus facilitating the transfer of information between home and school.  

Melbourne Primary School
Melbourne, York, East Riding of Yorkshire
YO42 4QE
01759 318369
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