Phonics and 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.

The school follows the Letters and Sounds guideline published by the DFE. We adopt a teaching sequence of: Review, teach, practice and apply.

Children in years 1 and 2 are set by ability for this lesson. They 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 e.g. ch, th. They also learn the alternative spellings and pronunciations of a wide range of sounds.

To find out more about how we teach phonics please read the 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.

In Key Stage One the school uses the Oxford Reading Tree Reading Scheme to support early reading and as the children move through Key Sage Two they read more and more real books.

When you listen to your child read at home, it is important to listen to them read, helping them to decode the words (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 ‘Reading Questions’ link.