Phonics and Reading

At Lancaster Road School, we believe that reading is probably the most important skill for life that we teach our children. Success in reading is crucial to success in other areas of the school curriculum. Your part, as a parent, in this process can be extremely important and rewarding.

Throughout Reception and Key Stage, all the children at Lancaster Road School have daily phonics sessions which help them with their reading and writing. Teachers plan these sessions following the order of ‘Letters and Sounds’ and the children learn the rhymes from the Read Write phonics scheme. These rhymes support the children in their phonic development and reading.

All children have reading books, which are chosen by the children from a large bank of ‘banded’ reading books, which is matched closely to the stage of their reading development. Children move through the book bands at their own pace and are only moved up a book band when they are ready for the next challenge. These books come from a range reading schemes, including Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Collins Big Cat, Ginn and Pearson Phonic Bugs. At first your child may come home with a book without words, this is an important part of early reading and the children are encouraged to talk about the pictures and what is happening in the text.

Later on in school, when they are ready, children move on to choosing their own reading books from a selection of ‘Free Readers’.

Throughout school, we expect that children read regularly at home, to practise their reading skills. Comprehension (understanding) is an extremely important part of reading and it is important that you ask your child open ended questions about the text they have read.

In class, children also take part in regular ‘guided reading’ sessions, where they work on developing these reading and comprehension skills.

Children also enjoy regular stories and ‘class novels’ in class, which often link to the topic the class is working on. They can also visit the school library each week, borrowing books to take home and read for pleasure.

It is also important that you read to your child at home and that they regularly have a bedtime story. Children need to see adults reading books at home, after all you as parents are very strong role models.

Please support us in developing your child’s love of reading and books.