In the Early Years and key stage one we follow Letters and Sounds, a high quality phonics programme for planning and delivering phonics. Reading books are matched to children’s understanding of phonics. Children are taught according to the phase of phonics that meets their needs. Our children consistently achieve above national expectations in the year 1 phonics screening check each year.
When children join Woodlands, they will be given a reading book to support their development of phonics. As they become more fluent readers during years 1 and 2, they will join the Accelerated Reading programme. All children have a daily thirty minutes designated timetable slot for reading and those on the Accelerated Reading programme will read books matched to their level of comprehension. Once a book is completed they will take a quiz before moving onto the next level or choose another book. We strongly promote home reading and provide incentives and rewards for children making progress.
Children also have the opportunity to select a reading book from our extensive library for their own enjoyment. Our librarian is available all day and the library is open for all age groups every lunchtime.