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.

‘Comprehensive subject plans identify the essential knowledge and vocabulary that pupils need to learn over time.’…

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‘The range of enrichment activities the school provides is excellent and contributes a great deal to pupils’ learning’…

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‘In religious
education lessons, teachers provide opportunities for pupils to understand and appreciate the different life experiences of their friends.’…

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‘The multi-academy trust has provided teachers with detailed suggestions for how to adapt every aspect of the curriculum.’…

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‘The Clifton ‘Good Citizen’ programme helps pupils to develop the communication and interaction skills they need for
later life.’…

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‘From the earliest stages in Reception, adults skilfully support pupils to explain their mathematical thinking.’…

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‘ A well-developed
programme for relationships education helps pupils to understand the importance of tolerance and respect for others.’…

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‘The introduction of a comprehensively sequenced phonics programme is helping children to establish successful early reading skills from the very start of Reception.’…

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‘Teachers provide opportunities for pupils to share experiences of their cultural beliefs and celebrations.’…

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‘Teaching and learning are consistently good. As a result most pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics from often significantly below-average starting points’…

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