At St Paul's Peel C.E. Primary School, we use a number of different strategies to promote a child's love of
books and encourage them to become confident, independent readers. The children are provided with many
opportunities to read, enjoy and share books as well as being exposed to a language rich environment, which
provides access to many different types of print. Throughout the school day children are provided with many
opportunities to engage in various activities to develop and strengthen their English skills.
At St Paul's Peel C.E. Primary School, pre-reading skills are taught using synthetic phonics and the school
follows the government published programme 'Letters and Sounds'. This provides us with a multi-sensory
approach that accommodates all learning styles. The children are taught within the phase that is appropriate
to their level of development. They are assessed on a regular basis and groups are sorted accordingly. The
phonemes (sounds) are systematically taught before the children are shown how to blend them for reading
and segmenting them for writing. Alongside this the children are taught the 'high frequency words' (those
words which do not entirely follow the phonic rules). Staff receive regular training in the teaching of phonics
which enables them to deliver interesting, interactive sessions that engage and motivate the children.
We use the 'Oxford Reading Tree' programme. Children take home a wide range of fiction and non-fiction
books which are carefully selected to match their current reading level and interests. Parents are requested to
listen to their children read and provide comments in their home/school reading record. Once they become
independent readers, children select their own reading material and they are also requested to complete a
reading task on completion of a book to show their understanding of the text.
Parents are key partners in a child's learning and are invited into school on a regular basis to view their
children's work and discuss their progress with staff