Our Reading Curriculum
Our Reading Lead is Lucy Williams
'Properly, we should read for power. Reading should be intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.'
What is Phonics?
Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.
Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they’re combined will help children decode words as they read.
Understanding phonics will also help children know which letters to use when they are writing words.
Phonics involves matching the sounds of spoken English with individual letters or groups of letters. For example, the sound k can be spelled as c, k, ck or ch.
Teaching children to blend the sounds of letters together helps them decode unfamiliar or unknown words by sounding them out. For example, when a child is taught the sounds for the letters t, p, a and s, they can start to build up the words: “tap”, “taps”, “pat”, “pats” and “sat”.
We teach Phonics through a systematic synthetic programme called 'Essential Letters and Sounds.'
Our Curriculum is based around books. Below are the books that we follow throughout the year and from each year group.
All about me
Lost in the Toy Museum
10 things I can do to change the world
What the ladybird heard at the seaside
The Lonely Beast
The Man in the Moon
The Snail and the Whale
Toby – the Great Fire of London
The Great Explorer
One day on our planet
The Story of London
Oliver and the Seawigs
Ug and Pebble in my Pocket
Great Kapok Tree
Mystery of the Egyptian Scroll
Who let the Gods out?
Noah Barleywater runs away
The Iron Man
Romans on the Rampage
I was a rat
The Curse of the Maya
Anglo Sax Boy
Journey to the River Sea
Riddle of the Runes
London Eye Mystery
Ice Trap – Shackleton’s Journey/Sky Song
Pig Heart Boy
Boy in the stripped pyjamas