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Phonics and Reading
Collins Big Cat Phonics provides complete support for early reading development in Reception and Key Stage One, fully aligned to Letters and Sounds Phases 1-6.
Our children have a secure start to reading with 80+ fully decodable books fully aligned to Letters and Sounds which include:
Regular teaching and practice supports early readers through highly decodable books for further practice and development.
In addition to decoding, they practice increasing their fluency skills, comprehension skills and expanding their vocabulary.
Synthetic phonics is a method of teaching reading which first teaches the letter sounds and then builds up to blending these sounds together to achieve full pronunciation of whole words. Synthetic phonics teaches the phonemes (sounds) associated with the graphemes (letters).
Sounds are taught on their own and then blended together (this is called synthesising), all-through-the-word. For example, children might be taught a short vowel sound (e.g. /a/e/i/o/u/) in addition to some consonant sounds (e.g. /s/, /t/, /p/). Then the children are taught words with these sounds (e.g. sat, sit, pat, pit, pot, tap, at, it). They are taught to pronounce each phoneme in a word, then to blend the phonemes together to form the word (e.g. /s/ - /i/ - /t/; "sit").
Research evidence has shown that the most effective way to teach phonics is by using one main programme - we use Collins Big Cat.
We have regular phonic sessions where children learn how to practice and apply phonics to read and write words and sentences.
Reading and Phonics at home
We provide reading books for children which match their needs. These books are used to practise and apply their new knowledge and skills and will be books children can read at least 90% of, confidently, fluently and independently.
We recommend they read at least three times per week.
In addition, children benefit from having adults read story and information books to them to encourage a shared reading experience, a love of books and an opportunity to broaden their language skills.
Spelling in school
Our spelling framework is based upon Appendix 1: Spelling of the English National Curriculum 2014.
Each week pupils are expected to learn a set of spellings based upon a wide range of spelling patterns and common exception words.
Mathematics in school
Our Mathematics curriculum follows the 2014 National Curriculum. We use the Power Maths scheme of work.
We follow this structure during or over lessons:
We use an approach so 'everybody can':
Our latest calculation policy provides a step by step guide on how we approach the teaching of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.