Reading and Phonics

 

Reading and Phonics

 

Development of reading is key for all children to access wider learning and make progress in all curriculum pathways. At Hedgewood School all pupils are taught to read in line with their cognitive development, from reading and recognising symbols and photographs to aid communication, to reading a wide range of literature fluently for a variety of purposes.

Teachers foster a love of literature across all pathways through daily storytelling and shared book activities. Through our highly personalised learning opportunities, English and reading activities are often based on highly favoured and relevant topics for each individual. A language and communication rich environment which includes development of speaking and listening for all pupils, (for some non –verbal this is through using alternative methods of communication) and is promoted throughout the school day.

Early phonics teaching develops sound discrimination skills to include environmental, musical and voice and body sound awareness. Children engage in daily song and rhyme activities and through our Creative Arts programme enjoy dedicated music lessons supporting development of listening to remembering and matching sounds.

Direct, focused synthetic phonics is taught every day for pupils ready to learn sound to symbol correspondence. To ensure that where relevant, children progress in their phonic knowledge, phonics is promoted as a tool to help children decode words to read and spell. Children are encouraged to use and apply their phonic knowledge in independent work, guided writing sessions and individual or group reading where appropriate. As part of their phonics lessons exception words are taught to enable children to quickly recognise and read these words. For many of our pupils with autism this is a strength due to a preference for visual learning.

Hedgewood School plans phonics based on the ‘Letters and Sounds’ 2007, which meets the core criteria for phonics teaching set out by the DfE.

Phonics teaching is supported by the ’Lexia’ programme which incorporates ICT use and daily personalised sessions and children can access at home to work with parents.

Children read from books with the sounds they know, while they are learning to read. Hedgewood uses the Oxford Reading Scheme and ‘Reading Eggs’ and children have access to a wide range of texts and are supported in the school use of our library as well as community visits to the local public library . Key texts are planned within each planning cycle for each Key Stage at Hedgewood and parents are informed of the key texts being studied.

Our lunchtime Reading Club is linked with drama sessions for children to develop their speaking and performance skills.

Hedgewood hold ‘Reading Cafes’ for parents to support their engagement in reading with their child, develop understanding of their child’s phonic development and how to use home learning resources to support their child.

Progression in reading and phonics is planned and assessed in personalised planning for each individual child. Each curriculum pathway has planned development of communication and wider reading and phonics targets that are highly personal and relevant to the specific area of need for each individual pupil

For some children at the end of Year 1, the Phonics Screening Check will test their ability to decode real words and nonsense words. Children can be re tested at the end of Year 2 if deemed appropriate to do so.

 

PLEASE SEE FUTHER INFORMATION IN OUR ENGLISH POLICY AND WHOLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM POLICY.

 

Reading and Phonics

 

Development of reading is key for all children to access wider learning and make progress in all curriculum pathways. At Hedgewood School all pupils are taught to read in line with their cognitive development, from reading and recognising symbols and photographs to aid communication, to reading a wide range of literature fluently for a variety of purposes.

Teachers foster a love of literature across all pathways through daily storytelling and shared book activities. Through our highly personalised learning opportunities, English and reading activities are often based on highly favoured and relevant topics for each individual. A language and communication rich environment which includes development of speaking and listening for all pupils, (for some non –verbal this is through using alternative methods of communication) and is promoted throughout the school day.

Early phonics teaching develops sound discrimination skills to include environmental, musical and voice and body sound awareness. Children engage in daily song and rhyme activities and through our Creative Arts programme enjoy dedicated music lessons supporting development of listening to remembering and matching sounds.

Direct, focused synthetic phonics is taught every day for pupils ready to learn sound to symbol correspondence. To ensure that where relevant, children progress in their phonic knowledge, phonics is promoted as a tool to help children decode words to read and spell. Children are encouraged to use and apply their phonic knowledge in independent work, guided writing sessions and individual or group reading where appropriate. As part of their phonics lessons exception words are taught to enable children to quickly recognise and read these words. For many of our pupils with autism this is a strength due to a preference for visual learning.

Hedgewood School plans phonics based on the ‘Letters and Sounds’ 2007, which meets the core criteria for phonics teaching set out by the DfE.

Phonics teaching is supported by the ’Lexia’ programme which incorporates ICT use and daily personalised sessions and children can access at home to work with parents.

Children read from books with the sounds they know, while they are learning to read. Hedgewood uses the Oxford Reading Scheme and ‘Reading Eggs’ and children have access to a wide range of texts and are supported in the school use of our library as well as community visits to the local public library . Key texts are planned within each planning cycle for each Key Stage at Hedgewood and parents are informed of the key texts being studied.

Our lunchtime Reading Club is linked with drama sessions for children to develop their speaking and performance skills.

Hedgewood hold ‘Reading Cafes’ for parents to support their engagement in reading with their child, develop understanding of their child’s phonic development and how to use home learning resources to support their child.

Progression in reading and phonics is planned and assessed in personalised planning for each individual child. Each curriculum pathway has planned development of communication and wider reading and phonics targets that are highly personal and relevant to the specific area of need for each individual pupil

For some children at the end of Year 1, the Phonics Screening Check will test their ability to decode real words and nonsense words. Children can be re tested at the end of Year 2 if deemed appropriate to do so.

 

PLEASE SEE FUTHER INFORMATION IN OUR ENGLISH POLICY AND WHOLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM POLICY.

Contact Us

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Hedgewood School
Weymouth Road, Hayes
Middlesex, UB4 8NF

Phone: 0208 8456756

Email: office@hedgewood.org

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