Key Stage 1 Reading & Phonics Provision

Here at Fairfield Primary School our aim is to ensure that all children reach their full potential and become confident, creative and fluent readers and writers. Underpinning children’s success as early readers and writers is their knowledge and understanding of letters and sounds within the English Language- which is taught to them through Phonics.

Phonics at Fairfield Primary School begins in Nursery and continues throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. In Nursery children begin by exploring different sounds and developing their speaking and listening skills. When children reach Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 they are grouped according to their developing Phonetical knowledge and confidence. We group children across the year groups for Phonics- so that we can ensure that their Phonics lessons are tailored to their specific needs and are appropriately challenging.

At Fairfield Primary School we follow the structure of the Letters and Sounds programme for our Phonics teaching. This programme is structured into different developmental phases which teach children the skills of segmenting and blending (to read) and word recognition to promote accurate spelling. Lessons are delivered by experienced staff, in a multisensory and lively manner- promoting high engagement and enjoyment in the children’s learning. Staff plan daily opportunities within lessons to assess children’s Phonetical understanding and progress is monitored half termly. Regular use of assessments ensures that children are challenged daily and allows teachers to plan timely intervention groups- for any children who require extra support.

In Year 1 all children sit the Governments Phonics Screening Check in the Summer Term. During the check, children are asked to read aloud 40 words. These words are all phonetically decodable and are a mix of real and nonsense words. This allows teachers to identify any children who have not yet reached the expected reading level by the end of Year 1. Those children then receive additional small group intervention and are re-assed in Year 2.

Our aim is to ensure that the children experience a smooth transition from the Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1. The Key Stage 1 curriculum builds upon and extends the experiences that children have had in Reception. Reading begins in the Early Years Foundation Stage where our main reading scheme ‘The Oxford Tree Reading Scheme’ is supplemented by a variety of other phonetically rich texts such as ‘Floppy Phonics’. These enable the children to practise and enhance their segmenting and blending skills. In Key Stage 1 children receive two reading books each week- at a level which is appropriate for their developing fluency and confidence. They also have an opportunity to choose their own Free Choice Library Book each week, to encourage their love of reading. When children reach Year 1 and Year 2 we provide them with books that offer a broad range of vocabulary, to build their growing repertoire of sight words. Children are given the opportunity to read a wide variety of different genres to promote their reading comprehension skills. When children reach Year 1 and Year 2, they also receive weekly Guided Reading lessons in small groups. This gives children the opportunity to learn from their peers and demonstrate their reading comprehension skills to the class teacher. Children’s reading is regularly assessed and their progress is monitored to ensure that they are on the correct reading level.

Through our Phonics teaching we strive to ensure that all children achieve their full potential, and by the end of Key Stage 1- are fluent and confident readers with a strong understanding of spelling.

Key Stage 2 Reading Provision

In Key Stage 2, we are committed to stimulating a passion for reading and we pride ourselves on our promotion of children reading for pleasure. We take inspiration from leading names in the field of literature, who state: ‘It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations, something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own” (Katherine Patterson). 

Therefore, reading for pleasure is a core part of every child’s educational entitlement in Key Stage 2. We believe that extensive exposure to a wide range of texts (both fictional and non-fictional) significantly contributes to every child’s achievement. This is because it broadens their minds and exposes them to new vocabulary and understanding.  We aim for our pupils to become lifelong readers for purpose and pleasure. We enhance both the child’s fluency and comprehension ability across all genres of texts. This is achieved by daily independent reading for pleasure; whole-class text study; daily comprehension activities and through exposing children to a wealth of texts.

We strongly believe that by providing our children with the life-long gift of reading, we show them that literature has the power to console, heal, transform and inspire them, for the rest of their lives. We promote the fact that reading can enhance a child’s literacy skills in all areas- particularly writing. Therefore, we use our class text(s) to stimulate our writing. All pupils will study chosen class-texts in depth and complete a whole unit of work based around a particular book. 

The reading provision in Key Stage 2 at Fairfield Primary School consists of the following main elements:

  • Having a quality literature spine across the Key Stage from Years 3 to 6;
  • Studying class novels daily with relevant accompanying reading activities;
  • Utilising resources such as ‘The Power of Reading Scheme’ and ‘Talk For Writing’ to inform an in-depth approach to text studies;
  • Having an effective home reading system (including rewards for effort, via Class Dojo);
  • Implementing an effective reading intervention scheme;
  • Promoting whole-school reading challenges and competitions to stimulate a love of reading.

All of our staff in Key Stage 2 act as reading role models and continuously share and promote their pleasure and enjoyment of a wide-variety of texts. The sharing and discussion about books and other reading materials is frequent and regular. Moreover, all pupils have access to a wide range of fiction, poetry and non-fiction in different formats. We are always willing to widen our knowledge of what is available to interest all children and regularly purchase new books, to keep our library shelves up to date. 

Furthermore, each classroom has a designated reading area which is used to promote independent reading for pleasure, on a daily basis. Pictures of 6G’s Harry Potter themed reading area are shown below. 

Reading Corner

Here at Fairfield Primary School, we aspire to be an outstanding reading School. Therefore, our staff have selected twenty core texts for each year group. The books for Key Stage 2 are displayed below in separate tables for each year group and we hope your child will become very familiar with these titles during their time in Key Stage 2. These texts are available to read in school. If you wish to support your child with their breadth of reading then please feel free to read these books at home to and with your child. We hope that these book lists might play a part in birthday, Christmas or general “book treat” purchases from family and friends.

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