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Reading and Phonics



The foundations of reading are
- understanding
- communication
- listening and attention
- engagement and enjoyment

The core foundations are integrated into all curriculum delivery.

Phonics in the Secondary Phase:

Pupils  take part in phonics delivery.

Currently, we follow Letters and Sounds phases- this is currently being reviewed/

Teachers us a systematic, synthetic phonics approach that is used to support children with their reading and spelling.

Phase 1: All pupils will experience aspects of this phase as appropriate to their needs, for example experiencing sounds during stories, music making and body percussion.


Phase 2: Is used with individual pupils working at pre-key stage standards 1 and above. 


Further phases are used with individual pupils if appropriate.


Other resources may be used to support the teaching of phonics:


Emphasis is always on the MAKATON alphabet signs to ensure consistency for pupils (As advised by    Primary English Teaching & Learning Specialist, for Telford).

ICT resources, including iPad Apps, are used when it is complimentary to other methods and appropriate to the pupil.


In the Secondary phase we use a synthetic phonics reading scheme that has age appropriate contexts including Dockside and also continue with the use of primary phase Collin's 'Big Cat' reading scheme to support the teaching of phonics. The books used are fully decodable and aligned with the 'Letters and Sounds' programme


The Joy of Reading 


Pupils are exposed to books of wide range of genre. Stories and rhymes are delivered through sensory stories, story massage, use of ICT to deliver, through drama games and role play etc. Books are linked through the range of subjects and also within English sessions.  For those pupils accessing texts, they may be fiction, non-fiction, sensory books, Books Beyond Words, magazines etc.