At The Grange Primary School we use Sounds-Write to teach the children to read, write and spell using the sounds of language.
Sounds-Write teaches children:
- • Letters are symbols (spellings) that represent sounds.
- • Each sound may be represented (spelled) by a 1, 2, 3 or 4-letter spelling.
- • The same sound can be spelled in more than one way (goat, slow, note, toe, over).
- • Many spellings represent more than one sound (ea in read and bread).
The following skills are taught throughout the Sounds-Write program:
- • Blending – the ability to push sounds together to build words (c-a-t = cat)
- • Segmenting – the ability to pull apart the individual sounds in words (pig = p-i-g)
- • Phoneme manipulation – the ability to insert sounds into words and delete sounds out of words. This skill is necessary to test out alternatives for spellings that represent more than one sound.
It is important to note that speed and accuracy need to be achieved for all three of the above skills in order for them to become automatic.
The Jolly Phonic songs and actions are used within Foundation Stage 1 with an emphasis on alliteration and initial sounds.
Books We Send Home
The children take three books home to share with their parents/careers.
- Book 1 focuses on the sounds learnt previously so the children can consolidate their learning.
- Book 2 focuses on the sounds that the children are learning within that week, giving the children a new challenge.
- Book 3 is a free choice book within the children’s reading stage, giving the children the opportunity to read for pleasure and enjoyment.
How Parents Can Support
- Use letter sounds rather than letter names with their children at home. This will avoid confusion for the children and will reinforce the learning being done at school.
- When listening to your child read encourage them to have-a-go at unfamiliar words by encouraging them to: “Say the sounds and read the word”.
- Avoid adding an extra vowel when pronouncing letter sounds eg ‘buh’ ‘duh’
- Visit the Sounds-Write website for further information, support and resources: http://www.sounds-write.co.uk/
Our approach to teaching reading is that we teach decoding accuracy and fluency. We teach children the art of visualising to become an active reader. We encourage our children to read five times a week at home. Within school, children read to adults individually, as part of a group during guided reading sessions and during shared reading lessons. The main reading scheme we use is The Oxford Reading Tree, which are used for home reading and for reading within school. Children read within groups as part of guided reading sessions. During these sessions, children are grouped according to their ability and read with an adult or complete independent reading activities.
Every classroom has a reading area to encourage children to develop an interest in reading where a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts are provided for children to choose from. Books linked to the topic of study at the time are included in displays and in the learning environments. Pupils also have access to the school library where they may borrow books which appeal to their interests. E-books are also available to engage reluctant readers.
Each class has a novel linked with the class topic which is read on a daily basis. Whole class reading lessons are carried out on a daily basis and focus on the comprehension skills. We aim to promote a love of reading through providing our pupils with a vast range of books and providing them with the necessary skills required to enjoy them. We also promote this love of reading through competitions and celebrating when the pupils read, with prizes and rewards linked to books.