Phonics and Reading
We are very proud of our success and commitment to phonics and reading. We believe these are the vital starting blocks of academic success and life skills.
This year we have won two awards related to reading !
How do children learn to read at Kings Hill?
During their time at Kings Hill School children work through a variety of reading schemes encompassing a range of genres such as fiction, non-fiction and comics that are book banded according to different levels. The teacher will inform you via your child’s Reading Record Book the level at which your child is reading.
Our approach to teaching reading is wide ranging and includes regular group reading sessions, individual reading, library sessions, reading with other classes and children. We also use ‘reciprocal reading’ in KS2 and for more able readers in KS1.
We primarily use the Oxford reading tree scheme with Read at Home, All Aboard, Storyworld, Collins Big Cat, Rigby Star and Word practice books as supplements and enrichment to this.
Children are encouraged to read daily at home.
We follow a letters and sounds framework and all children do a daily phonic session to develop reading, writing and spelling skills from Year R to 2. We also use the Jolly Phonics resources to enrich this work.
Children may continue to have small group phonics sessions if they need it in KS2.
Reception teachers run a phonics sessions at the beginning of the academic year for parents. Year One teachers also run an information workshop about the Phonics Screening check.
How well does Kings Hill School do at the Phonics Screening Check in Year One?
In 2015 92% of Year 1 children passed their phonics screening test.
In 2016 94% of Year 1 children passed their phonics screening test.
Our Year 6 librarians do a fantastic job of inspiring reading for everyone. They help facilitate the opening of the library every lunchtime which allows children across the school to take books home to read regularly.
We regularly hold book fairs and use the commission to buy new books for classes.
In 2016/2017 already the librarians and Mrs Etheridge have organised new books for every class following on from a successful Travelling Book Fair with over £700 in commission. The new books were presented in a special assembly to the whole school led by the Year 6 librarians. Books were carefully selected for each year group and the rest of the school were delighted with the choices !