Reading and Phonics

All children from Reception to Year Two have a daily phonics lesson in school. We are currently moving to Read Write Inc for our phonic scheme. These sounds are taught in a specific order to equip children with the knowledge and skills they need to decode words and read them accurately. Children will be assessed regularly during the implementation of the scheme and, if required, intervention will be timely and focused on a particular "gap" in learning. Individualised home packs will be sent out to support children. Daily phonics lessons are taught as a whole class with additional, targeted support for those pupils requiring it. In the Summer of Year One, children will take a statutory phonic screen to assess how they are progressing with their phonic knowledge.

​​At Eaton we believe in creating a language rich environment. We promote this by sending home a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, which link to different subjects in our curriculum. In Early Years and Year 1, we focus on developing children's fluency by allowing children to choose from phonically decodable books. To encourage a love of reading and vocabulary, children will also be sent home a book to share that they are enthusiastic to share with adults.

​​In Year 2 and beyond children have access to books linked to their phonics knowledge where appropriate, and books suitable to their reading level. Children will be benched mark regularly to assess their level. In all year groups children will have access to a variety of texts types, and will be encouraged to take home a non-fiction book linked to their topic. Most days children will be read to by the class teacher. Class novels are displayed within the classroom.

​​At Eaton, we use Pathways to Read from Year 2 to Year 6 for guided reading sessions. This ensures reading objectives are progressive across the school, and there is an emphasis on inference skills. Children will have regular guided reading sessions, where the children have opportunity to read to the teacher and respond to questions about the texts. The lessons may also be used to model how to read aloud clearly, with intonation, expression and awareness of an audience.