In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, a daily 20 minute phonics lesson is taught, using Storytime Phonics. This also extends into Key Stage 2 where children have not gained a sound phonological understanding. The school phonics provision is supported by the Letters and Sounds document.
Reading is given very high priority within school. All classes have dedicated 20 minute reading sessions where children complete purposeful reading activities. Guided reading takes place with groups during this time. Children have the opportunity to have stories read to them and share class novels.
As well as the main text type, children apply their understanding of previously taught genres during their topic work, thus ensuring text types are regularly revised.
Additional basic skills sessions, including spelling and handwriting, are carefully planned. These are specific to the needs of classes, groups and individuals.