English - Reading and Phonics
At Kenyngton ManorPrimary School we aim to develop a love for reading within each pupil. Reading is a fundamental part of our society, a key skill that we use every day without even realising.
Reading and writing are two subjects which are closely intertwined and therefore good reading skills will be reflected further in the children’s writing.
Throughout their time at Kenyngton Manor Primary School, children are encouraged to read a variety of texts and genres to develop their knowledge and understanding. The children begin their reading journey learning with phonics sounds and reading decodable books. They then move onto colour banded reading books, then in Yr2/3, transition to using our accelerated reader program which enables them to develop the essential reading skills and independence to eventually become a successful life-long readers. In Reception and Key Stage 1 children learn to read through the use of Letters and Sounds, decoding words by segmenting and blending.
Throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children are encouraged to read with expression and intonation to bring stories alive. By exploring texts through drama activities, reading helps to develop the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness. The pupils also learn essential strategies to answer retrieval and inference questions through structured Guided Reading lessons. Once in the upper end of the school, we encourage the children to be analytical readers who read between the lines and interpret the implied meanings. By the time the children leave us at the end of Key Stage 2 they will be competent readers and writers who are able to read and comprehend a range of genres and write in a variety of styles.
At Kenyngton Manor Primary School we love celebrating World Book Day! This incredible opportunity provides children with the time to immerse themselves into a book and bring their favourite character to life, allowing them to share their passion for reading with others.
Phonics at Kenyngton Manor Primary School
Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007.
At Kenyngton Manor Primary School, we use the Letters and Sounds programme to teach phonics. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. Please watch the following video, which shows how each sound is accurately pronounced. These pronunciations are used by us in school to teach, and should be used by you at home whenever you are practising sounds and reading with your child.