At Broadfield we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ Programme for phonics. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonics, with the aim of children becoming fluent readers by age seven.
All children in Early Years and KS1 have a daily whole class phonics lesson, with additional phonics intervention and booster sessions as required. The phonics lessons follow a clearly structured sequence, including a revisit, teach, practise, apply and assess section. Phonics is taught in a multi-sensory way, making use of mnemonics, songs, games, puppets and a range of stimuli. Children in Year 1 complete a Phonics Screening Check in the Summer Term to assess if they have acquired the appropriate phonic knowledge and skills for their age.
Reading is highly valued at Broadfield and we are keen to ensure that children develop a love of reading from an early age. Book bands are used in the Early Years and KS1. A wide range of books are graded by difficulty into bands and each band is identified by a colour. In KS2 children select books to take home from their class libraries.
All children are encouraged to read daily at home. There is a home-school link book for parents to make comments and incentives such as book tokens are offered to encourage regular reading. We are fortunate to have parents and carers who volunteer to come into school each week and listen to children read. We also have two well-stocked libraries in school where children can borrow relevant topic books.