Phonics and Reading in EYFS and KS1

Central to learning is creating a life-long love of reading and books.  This starts from the first moment that children enter our nursery provision where we encourage and create opportunities to read, write and show interests in letters, words, sounds and books.

At Countess Wear, we follow the Letters and Sounds Programme.  Letters and Sounds is a Phonics Resource published by the Department of Education.  It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills as well as to prepare children for learning to read and write. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonics skills, enabling children to become fluent readers and writers. 

We offer a play based, continuous provision from Nursery to Year 1, allowing children to develop through the Early Learning Goals of the curriculum. Pupils have access to rich indoor and outdoor learning environments.  

For more detailed information visit the Letters and Sounds website.

 As children develop their reading and spelling skills through the Letters and Sounds programme we introduce the No Nonsense Spelling approach to teaching spelling and use the Spelling Shed app for rehearsal and practice. This is used from years one to six, enabling a progressive and consistent teaching of spelling throughout the school. Fluency in reading and comprehension skills are developed using the Cracking Comprehension programme. Emphasis is placed upon the importance of daily reading and the school has introduced the Accelerated Reader programme into the school library.  Through Accelerated Reader a child is able to select a book at the appropriate level, take an online quiz, and receive immediate feedback.  Children have been motivated to make progress and develop their own reading skills as a result.  Accelerated Reader also gives teacher the information they need in order to monitor children’s reading practice and make informed decisions to guide their future learning.  

 In order to enhance the quality of provision in school we have a school wide focus on vocabulary and language development. 

If you have any questions about the curriculum please speak to your child's teacher or the Head of School, Julie Gilbert.