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Phonics and Early Reading


Our aim at Brightside is for all children to become confident, fluent, lifelong readers. We put this aim into action as soon as children enter nursery where they learn the pre-requisite skills to reading through phase 1 Letters and Sounds.

When children begin reception, they are taught daily phonics programme called Read Write Inc (RWInc). These phonics lessons provide the children with the necessary skills to decode texts.  This continues throughout year 1, and when appropriate in year 2. Ongoing assessment helps us to put additional support in place if we see that a child needs it.  We ensure that children practise their phonic skills using decodable texts such as RWInc, and work hard to make sure that texts are matched to their phonics stage at school and at home. In addition to this, children receive daily reading lessons, where they use and apply their knowledge of sounds and words, learn new vocabulary and are taught comprehension skills. Teachers also plan reading across the curriculum so that they have as many opportunities as they can to use and apply their learning.

Each topic is based on a high quality text which serves as a 'Book for a Hook' and whole class reading and writing genres are based on this. Some examples of books include ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘That rabbit belongs to Emily Brown.’ 

We ensure that children are read to as much as possible at Brightside so that they develop a love for reading. To help promote this, we have an attractive reading area in every classroom and a school library where children can borrow books to read at home at pleasure.