Phonics and Guided Reading

At Hawkinge Primary School we place great emphasis on both phonics and reading.

There is a clear, systematic approach to the teaching of phonics at Hawkinge Primary School. It is taught every day in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 & these phonic lessons last 20 minutes. Children in years 1 and 2 are set by ability for this lesson.

The school follows the sequence of ‘Letters and Sounds’ and adopts a teaching approach of: review, teach, practice and apply.

Children begin by listening to and distinguishing between a range of sounds and soon progress to learning the sounds that each letter makes. After this, the children begin to build up CVC and CCVC words. Next, they start to learn what happens when two letters are put together to make one sound e.g. ch, th. They also learn the alternative spellings and pronunciations of a wide range of sounds.

We offer a Phonics workshop to parents so that they can find out more about the way we teach Phonics and how best to support their child at home. Further information can also be found in our Phonics Policy.

Guided Reading
Guided Reading is taught through modelled, shared and independent reading every day. Children work in small groups and read with an adult twice a week. The focus of Guided Reading is not only the ability to decode text, but also to show a clear understanding of what is happening in the book, through deep questioning and thoughtful prompting. This is in order to support children in developing their comprehension, analysis and prediction skills.

The school uses the Oxford Reading Tree Reading Scheme to support early reading and expands on this with a wide and varied offer of texts, including non-fiction, classic novels and modern fiction.

It is important to listen to your child read at home and to help them decode words by using a range of strategies, e.g. sounding the words out, using the pictures to help them, or the context of the sentence. It is also important to ask children questions about what they have read. If you would like some ideas for asking questions go to the ‘Guided Reading Questions’ link.

We offer a Guided Reading workshop to parents to help understand the structure of a Guided Reading lesson and how best to support their child at home.