Reading is fundamental to education. Proficiency in reading, writing and spoken language is vital for pupils’ success. Through these, they develop communication skills for education and for working with others: in school, in training and eventually, at work. It is with this long-term gain that we have taken the time to reflect upon the success of our pupil’s reading and phonics/spelling progress and have decided to refresh the way we teach and practice these vital skills. Through this we can support our children to really embed their learning and carry this with them, throughout their school journey, constantly adding to their skill, rather than allowing their learning to lose momentum.
With new Government guidance in place, we have decided to provide a Systematic Synthetic Programme of phonics at KS1 which feeds in directly to a spelling programme in KS2. The way we will teach decoding skills in reading, will directly link to our Read Write Inc. phonic programme, providing the continuity and sound structure to support the children in their grasp of the alphabetic structures, and then in turn, enabling them to become more effective spellers and readers, using knowledge and understanding to decode, rather than simply guessing, and sounding out. Therefore, our reading and spelling/phonics, will now be closely linked as we move forward.