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Intent  We aim to inspire children by developing a love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. We treat reading as a highly valued life skill and aim to foster a love of books and passion for reading; our aim is for children to leave us as fluent readers and with a lifelong love of books. Our children will develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing (including phonics) which enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with each other effectively. 

Implementation We teach reading through daily guided reading sessions. We promote fluency and developing children’s understanding in a range of texts which are carefully selected by the teachers.  Daily phonic sessions provide the children with the skills essential to decode with confidence. We work closely with parents so that they can support their children at home with the aim of children becoming life-long readers.

We ensure that the teaching of writing is purposeful, enjoyable and shows clear progression. Quality texts are selected to promote a love of reading, engagement and to improve the quality of their writing.  Teachers are able to embed skills throughout the year in cross curricular writing opportunities to make sure most children are achieving the expected level by the end of the year and that children have the opportunities achieve the greater depth standard. We believe that learning to read should be a partnership, therefore we expect children to be reading at home regularly to further develop their child’s reading skills. 

Phonics;  At Southbourne Infant School we use the Letters and Sounds scheme as a framework for our phonics teaching. Phonics is taught across the school through a range of practical and  'hands-on' activities. 

The Letter sounds are divided into Phonics Phases

  • In Reception, children revisit Phase 1 which they have often been familiar with at Pre-school and then they are taught Phases 2 and 3 
  • In Year 1 the children briefly revisit Phase 3 and then move on through Phases 4 and 5, starting on aspects of Phase 6 that are in the Year 1 Curriculum by the end of the year
  • In Year 2 the children revisit Phase 5, then complete Phase 6 with a focus on spelling and grammar

Impact Our approach to the teaching and learning of reading and writing, results in an engaging curriculum where children feel confident and enthusiastic to learn in a range of contexts.