What does Early Reading look like at Hucknall Flying High Academy?
At Hucknall Flying High Academy we follow the Letters and Sounds phonics programme. All children throughout the Foundation Stage and Year 1 receive daily phonics lessons. In the Flying Start Nursery, our phonics lessons focus on recognising sounds, signs and symbols in our environment and beginning to form and recognise graphemes. In Spitfire (Foundation Stage 2) and Lancaster Class (Year 1) these lessons focus on learning new phonemes and applying their new phoneme knowledge to forming the grapheme and blending and segmenting words containing the newly taught phoneme. In Hurricane Class (Year 2), children continue daily phonics lessons that specifically focus on learning the spelling rules a stated in the National Curriculum.
Throughout Key Stage 1 and 2 we use the Fischer Family Trust reading scheme. The scheme requires using a whole class text which allows children time to practise and develop their comprehension skills. In Spitfire and Lancaster class children are also read with weekly using their phonically decodable text.
Talk Through Stories:
Through our work with the Flying High English Hub we have access to the Ruth Miskin “Talk Through Stories” programme which is designed provide children with a vocabulary rich learning environment. Talk Through Stories is which is timetabled daily into Spitfire and Lancaster Class.
What does assessment look like in Early Reading at Hucknall Flying High Academy?
Children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 are all assessed on their phonics ability half termly, which then determines their reading level. Children are then given a decodable book weekly which reflects the phonemes the children know. Children only receive decodable books with phonemes they recognise meaning that 95% of the book can be read independently. This then promotes a love of reading and a sense of achievement for every child.
All children in Year 1 take part in the ‘National Phonics Screening’ which takes place in June, and this is also undertaken again by some pupils in Year 2.
What does Early Reading look like in Key Stage 2 at Hucknall Flying High Academy?
For children in Key Stage 2 who haven’t passed the Phonics Screening children will continue to receive tailored phonics lessons that specifically focus on gaps in their learning. Children will continue to be assessed half termly and receive age appropriate phonically decodable texts to help promote a love of reading.