At Todmorden CE School, we understand that being able to read well is a key skill for all children. As well as teaching word-reading and comprehension, we support and encourage children to develop a life-long love of reading and books. Children are taught to apply their skills to read for meaning in a wide range of genres and across the curriculum.
We use the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme. Staff aim to read with each child, each week. Whilst children have many opportunities to read at school, individually, in groups and as a class, there are lots of ways that you can support your child’s reading at home. Anytime you can spend sharing your child’s reading book will provide valuable support to their learning.
We would encourage you to hear your child read as often as possible. ‘Little and often’ is best. Reading does not always have to be from your child’s reading book - books from home, newspapers, menus, instructions, internet research and comics are all reading too. Use your child’s reading diary to make positive comments and communicate any concerns. Most importantly, enjoy reading together and give loads of encouragement because it really works. Remember too much pressure could put your child off
At our school all children have daily phonics lesson in the Infants. We use a combination of Letter and Sounds and Ruth Miskin resources to help us teach phonics. We have our own teaching programme which works for our children. Below is the order in which we teach phonics throughout Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and this will help you know:
- What skills your child will learn in each phonic phase.
- The phonemes that will be taught for each phase (phonemes means sounds).
- Some key words which go which each phoneme.
If you have any questions about phonics please speak to your child's teacher.
Our new scheme follows a cursive script. The key features are:-
- Each letter starts on the line
- The child keeps their pencil on the paper for the whole word, giving a fluent style
- Pupils should develop ability to produce letters without thinking
- By making each letter in one movement, children’s hands develop a ‘physical memory’ of it, making it easier to produce the correct shape
- We have a consistent style from Nursery to Year Six.