Phonics and Reading
Phonics and Reading at Ottershaw
At Ottershaw Schools we recognise that high quality, systematic teaching of phonics is key to the development of reading and writing. We use the Jolly Phonics © scheme to provide exciting and engaging ways to learn through action songs, images, stories and games. We believe this provides a wide range of learning opportunities to engage all children. Phonic sounds are taught in short focused, fast paced daily sessions from Nursery to Year 2 – and we ensure there are opportunities across the curriculum to embed the skills taught. The phonic sounds are taught alongside the first 100 and 200 High frequency words.
We have a very wide range of reading books and aim to encourage reading for pleasure from a child’s very first day at school. We firmly believe that young children learn best when they have some ownership of the process. To this end we have an extensive range of reading books including Phonic Bugs, Jolly Phonics, Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star and many others to provide a breadth of text styles and genres. The books are levelled by colour bands; and each child is able to select the book of his/her choice within his/her reading level band. Every child is assessed half-termly and teachers make an informed judgement regarding each child’s ability to decode, read and understand what they have read and they will then move to another colour band. There are a number of levels within each colour band to ensure children are challenged.
We work in partnership with parents to consolidate children’s learning at home and offer advice of how we teach in school through our open-door policy, home-school books, parent workshops and information sessions.
Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds (British English)
Listen to the 42 letter sounds of Jolly Phonics, spoken in British English. Each letter sound is clearly spoken twice, before an example word is given. Perfe...