Reading Scheme & Phonics

At Bedelsford School we understand and value each of our individual student’s needs and abilities. We recognise that our students learn best when learning activities are tailored to their individual learning styles and that our students may need to experience words, resources and text types multiple times for students to embed their learning and skills.

For this reason, we utilise a range of reading schemes to enable our learners to develop at a stage and pace appropriate to every individual. We use a range of resources to support reading and access to literature. As well as these reading schemes we use a range of Bag Books and sensory stories to enhance every students’ learning of literature.

Our reading schemes include:

  • Oxford Reading Tree – Floppy Phonics, Songbirds and Magic Key
  • Origins -Project X
  • Collins Big Cat
  • Story Sparks
  • Rigby Star
  • Bite size golden apple
  • First Facts
  • Usborne Phonic Readers
  • Lighthouse
  • Red Rocket Books

Phonics is taught using the DfE Letters and Sounds programme and we tailor our phonics sessions to include skills from different aspects of the letters and sounds scheme. We support teaching through tactile resources, AAC and multi-sensory experiences where needed. Children are encouraged to share stories at home with an adult, building upon the skills they have been exploring in school. Eg identifying familiar characters from a story, helping to turn the page of a book, joining in with repeated refrains or identifying tricky words and using decoding skills to read aloud. Students have access to our senior teaching assistant for Literacy who aids the selection and review of books to be sent home. Class teachers liaise regularly with parents and carers to share how their child is accessing literature and are available to support with English Learning at home.

Students develop their understanding of reading for pleasure from the beginning of their time with us. Each class has an allocated time each day to share a story in whichever way is appropriate for that particular class. A wide range of text types are used and celebrated in our scheme of work enabling different authors and genres to be explored.

Resources and programmes are continually reviewed by the English subject coordinator to ensure that we are sharing appropriate and inclusive resources with our students.

The school is truly ‘outstanding’ indeed and we don’t mean just in the sense of how Ofsted have classified it.

Parent of Year 7 child

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