Reading and Phonics

Our Reading Journey

Learning to read at Bowling Park begins with learning phonics, whilst enjoying some of the best books and stories around. Our aim is that all children learn to read and write the 44 phonemes by the end of Year 1.

Classroom activities and interventions ensure that children move quickly and easily through all the sounds, before moving onto new reading skills. Here at Bowling Park we use a whole school phonics programme called ‘Speed Sounds’ and ‘Monster Phonics’, to make sure that all our children make good progress. Phonics lessons are fun and have clear structure, pace and progression underpinned by regular assessment. Children’s early reading in Key Stage 1 is supported by using phonically decodable texts. High frequency words are taught as part of the phonics lesson.

Additional provision is made available for all children who do not make expected progress in phonics. Extra provision is made available to children in Yr2 and Yr3 who did not achieve the pass rate in the Yr1 phonics test.

Learning to Read

Learning to read is one of the most important skills we ever develop. At Bowling Park we have a whole school strategy to develop a love of reading and to create opportunities to learn to read across the curriculum. Every child has a reading record linked to their reading level, which includes lots of fun activities to encourage additional literacy skills such as descriptive writing and spelling, grammar and punctuation skills.

The school has two libraries and children have access to a wide range of high quality texts, to read in school and to share at home. Many of these books are from the Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star reading schemes and include non-fiction and poetry as well as a wide range of fiction. These books are organised using the Book Banding colours so that the children read books that are appropriate for their reading level. For those children who are at the early stages of learning we have a collection of phonetically decodable books from the Oxford Reading Tree, Phonics Bug and Dandelion Reader schemes.

Children are heard read regularly by trained adults and take part in group reading lessons every day at 1.00pm across school. This is an important part of our school’s strategy to promote consistency across school, for more information please see our Consistencies page.

graphic reading

For more information about our curriculum please click here.