At Houghton Regis Primary School we deliver Phonics using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ teaching programme.
The teaching of reading begins, using fully decodable texts, matched to each child’s current and developing phonic knowledge. Reading books are taken from a variety of published schemes, including Big Cat Phonics, Dandelion Readers, Floppy’s Phonics and ORT Songbirds.
Children in the Early Years and Key Stage One have a daily Phonics lesson. Pupils are regularly assessed and are placed in smaller teaching groups to ensure teaching is matched accurately to pupils continuing acquisition of skills and knowledge. During their time in Key Stage 1 pupils complete the Phonic Screening Test. The results are used to further support pupils as they progress on their reading journey through the school.
Children at Houghton Regis Primary School are given regular opportunities to read in a variety of contexts. Pupils read individually, in guided groups and in larger shared reading situations. They are encouraged to apply and demonstrate their reading across the wider curriculum to help them develop as lifelong readers.
As the children move through the school they will move from decodable readers and texts organised according to the Book Bands system, to using Accelerated Reader. Accelerated Reader uses on-line reading quizzes to monitor comprehension, while literacy skills and vocabulary quizzes will extend student learning and build skills mastery.