This year (2016-17) the school is putting a big focus on the development and improvement of our systems for teaching reading and phonics, and this page will be updated each term as we develop and refine our processes.
In Dragonfly class the children learn phonics using the Letters and Sounds scheme. This is supported with established support schemes (called 'interventions') which help to embed understanding of phonics. These help to support those children who need to take a little longer to absorb their knowledge of the 40+ sounds we use in English. The interventions that we use primarily at Pensford are called Direct Phonics and Rapid Phonics.
Of course, children's love of reading and ability to understand what they read is developed through the reading of actual books. This supplements the specific teaching of phonic sounds to enable them to become very good all-round readers. May of our reading books belong to the Oxford Reading Tree scheme, although over the years we have built up a wide range of books for the children to read beyond this. We have added well over £1000 worth of books to our collection this year. We have also published a guide to the expectations of where children should be with their reading as they reach different ages. You can find it here.
In writing, our curriculum is developing quickly to allow children to write at length on a number of interesting topics. This helps to develop both their interest in writing and their ability to re-draft and refine their work to produce work that is genuinely their 'personal best'.
Please do check back at this page to lean about how we are developing our English teaching further term by term.