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Catholic Primary School

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Decodable Reading

Decodable Reading


In school we teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds programme, supported by the use of actions, stories and songs from the Jolly Phonics Scheme. As children move through the early stages of acquiring phonics, they practise by reading texts which are entirely decodable for them from the Jelly and Bean Series, Oxford Reading Tree Phonics/First Stories and Rigby Star Schemes.

Once children have a secure knowledge of letter/sound correspondences and can blend words confidently, they access our Book Banded reading scheme which has books from various published schemes including Rigby Stars and Oxford Reading Tree and is designed to give children experience of a variety of reading genres. There are fiction and non-fiction books within each level.

All children are encouraged to select books from the classroom, library or home to share with their parents to encourage a love of reading.

Once children can read fluently and with a good understanding, they self-select books for independent reading from the school library or from home. We base much of our English work around the “Power of Reading,” which seeks to enthuse children with a love of reading. In addition, we organise events such as meeting authors, celebrating World Book Day or participating in Readathons.