Your child will start by learning to read key words (sometimes referred to as ‘tricky’ words) alongside the phoneme (sound) that each letter represents. In addition to this we endeavor to embed a love of books and of reading. This is done in many ways – by reading regularly to the children and sharing books together, by listening to and watching stories on the interactive whiteboards, by telling stories and by encouraging the children to read for pleasure in and around our school reading areas and classrooms. As your child becomes a more confident and fluent reader, we continue to teach them the two key elements to reading – word recognition and comprehension.

The link below is a useful video for parents to gain a greater understanding of synthetic phonics.

Word reading: This teaches the children to apply their phonic knowledge to read words, learn tricky words that don’t follow obvious reading patterns and rules, read quickly and accurately, read aloud and to themselves and to re-read books to build up fluency and confidence.

Comprehension: This teaches children to listen to, discuss and express their views, discuss the sequence of events in a story, understand non-fiction as well as fiction books and poetry, discuss favourite words and phrases, recognise recurring language, check that text makes sense and draw on background information, answering and asking questions and making inferences and predictions about what might happen next.

As you will already be aware, your child reads regularly in school during whole class shared reading, guided reading in a group and through individual reading sessions with a member of staff or adult volunteer.

Below are our 'DERIC' Owls, we use these during shared reading sessions to develop the children's knowledge and skills whilst reading text or watching short clips, they stand for Describe, Explain, Retrieve, Interpret and Choice. During Reception sessions the children focus on Retrieve, Interpret and Choice questions through whole group inputs. As the children develop into KS1, sessions are delivered with an expectation of all of the different types on questions. This ensures our children have a variety of different questions to answer using comprehension and inference skills.