The children are taught to use phonic knowledge as the route to decode words. Through practice, they build fluency in reading these words so that they can gain meaning from what they are reading. From this, they then gain pleasure, interest and enjoyment which motivates them to read more.
The children are grouped according to their phonics phase and they learn to read in groups. Each group has three 30-minute lessons each week lead by a teacher or teaching assistant. This is called guided reading.
At St. Brigid’s, our approach to guided reading is carefully structured into progressive steps to support all children to learn to read using phonics as their prime approach to decoding.
The content of the three weekly lessons is planned to provide the children with:
Following these lessons in school, the children will take home their book to share and celebrate their reading with their families, practise further to build fluency and talk about the book to continue to build on their understanding of it.
Key Stage 1
This model and lesson structure is carried across into Year 1 (lesson 1 – background knowledge and decoding, lesson 2 – fluency and prosody, lesson 3 – comprehension). When the children’s phonic knowledge is secure in Year 2, they move on to using the Accelerated Reader programme which is used across KS2.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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