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Reading & phonics

Reading at Clifton Primary School

At Clifton, we believe that all children should be able to read a wide range of text types as a vehicle to life long learning. We therefore teach the skills of reading from the youngest age and promote a love of reading for a multitude of purposes.

Early Reading and Phonics

In Foundation stage and Key Stage 1 children are taught essential reading skills through Read, Write, inc. Children take part in daily phonics and reading sessions matched to their stage of development.

Children will learn sounds (phonemes) and the letters that represent them (graphemes). Then, when able to blend sounds to read some words, they read books containing sounds they have learned.

This therefore helps to build children’s confidence, fluency and enjoyment. Children continue on this programme until they can read most words fluently and accurately without the need to overtly sound out.

Reading Mastery

Throughout their primary education, children are taught skills to become masters of reading by developing their understanding of texts and love of reading.

Within these lessons the whole class read the same text with an emphasis on comprehension through carefully planned, skillful questioning by the teacher. Through this all children have access to high quality texts and are enabled to develop the skills of reading to learn.

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‘The whole-school focus on developing speaking and listening skills is successfully increasing pupils’ proficiency to articulate their thoughts and develop a wider vocabulary’…
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‘The early years provision is exemplary. Children are engaged, motivated and make rapid progress through a rich diet of learning experiences’…
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