At Holy Trinity we aim to develop a love of books, as well as the ability to use books for a wide range of purposes. This is developed through the school’s structured reading program which combines a variety of reading schemes (see below) with general fiction and non-fiction. Parents are encouraged to support their child’s reading development by sharing reading time on a daily basis. From the very first days in Reception, parents are invited to talks on how best to help their child with this task. Guided Reading occurs daily outside the Literacy session.
Class libraries are used to widen the children’s reading repertoire. All pupils are encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction in order to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum.
The DFES document Letters and Sounds is used to plan a discrete phonics lesson in Reception, Key Stage 1 and is used with some intervention groups as appropriate in Key Stage 2. This daily discrete phonics lesson also fits in with the Linking Sounds and Letters element in the Foundation Stage Profile. The Letters and Sounds programme enables children to develop fluent word reading skills and have a good foundation in spelling and letter writing.
Phonics Scheme– Jolly Phonics (to support Letters and Sounds – see above)
Reading Schemes –
Key Stage 1 – Phonics Bug and Collins ‘Big Cats’
Key Stage 2 – The Main Scheme is Collins ‘Big Cats’ but there are also a variety of books from other schemes which children can access.