Phonics and Reading
At Chancel we believe that reading is one of the most important building blocks to learning. It is the key to developing communication skills which are required in all aspects of life. It develops the mind and vocabulary and is crucial to gaining knowledge and cultivating independent learning. Building a reading culture is our fundamental aim so that every child within our school can read, and so that reading for pleasure becomes an integral part of our children’s lives. At Chancel we have invested heavily in the ‘Bug Club’ reading scheme, where pupils can make 30 months of progress in reading in 18 months. Alongside ‘Bug Club’ we use real readers to support our pupils’ reading skills and develop their love of books.
Much is taught through shared, guided and daily phonics sessions, where we follow a detailed and structured programme of the teaching of Read Write Inc. phonics. We aim 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 – This allows the systematic development of sight vocabulary with the aim of our pupils becoming confident and fluent readers!
What Ofsted says…
“This school succeeds at teaching pupils to read. Phonics lessons start in Nursery and carry on every day. By Year 3, most pupils are reading fluently. Anyone who still finds reading hard gets extra help from well-trained staff. On top of this, everyone reads in class and reading areas are exciting to look at and full of books.”