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Learning to Read

Learning to Read (September 2022)

Teaching of Phonics – Twinkl Phonics

Following an update from the Department of Education on the teaching of Phonics we have adopted a new phonics programme called Twinkl Phonics. This phonics programme is based on the original Letters and Sounds (2007) but with added content and improved progression. It will support the children in making quick progress to becoming fluent and confident readers.

To best support us in teaching your child how to read we ask that you listen to your child read their reading book daily. It is a key part of learning to read that children re-read words and sentences that they can decode (sound out) until they are fluent (read with ease and precision). By reading texts several times children have the greatest opportunity to achieve this fluency. Spending 10 minutes a day reading with your child will hugely support them in their journey to becoming an independent reader.

The texts sent home are carefully matched to the teaching taking place in school and are fully decodable. Your child will be practising what they have been taught in school with you at home. We will only ask children to read books independently when they can decode these by themselves. Any books that are not yet decodable for the children will be a sharing book and will be clearly labelled. These books are there for you to read with your child, helping us to instil a love of reading from the very beginning of their reading journey. These could be read together with your child reading the words they are able to decode or could be read to your child.

If you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact either your class teacher or myself.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs McKay 

English Lead


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