Reading is an essential skill for lifelong learning and at Catshill First School and Nursery we believe synthetic phonics sets the foundations for independent reading.

Children are taught the phonemes (the smallest elements of sound in words) and graphemes (how they are written down) through fast paced, interactive daily activities. These sessions are called 'Letters and Sounds'. They have opportunities to blend phonemes for reading and learn to read familiar and common words on sight. Once pupils are able to read sentences independently, they begin comprehension activities during guided reading sessions. They are able to find new vocabulary and engage in other reading activities, such as writing book reviews and retelling stories they have read.

Home reading books are sent weekly in sets of 3. One of these is a text parents can read for pleasure with their children and one is often linked to the phonics pupils are learning in class. 

How can I help my child at home?

We use Oxford Reading Tree and Bug Club reading schemes to support children's home reading from Reception until pupils are 'free readers' and can read a range of books independently.

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