We follow the National Curriculum for English in New Silksworth Academy.
Synthetic phonics for EYFS and KS1
Letters and Sounds programme
Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills. It builds children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as preparing children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
Phonics Bug is a Foundation Stage and KS1 reading programme that makes teaching synthetic phonics fun and easy. It meets 100% of the DfE criteria for teaching systematic synthetic phonics, helping children succeed in their screening check! Phonics Bug is edited by Professor Rhona Johnston and Dr Joyce Watson and is based on a seven-year study in Clackmannanshire that has proven systematic phonics to be the most effective way to teach children to read. The books encourage young readers with beautiful artwork, humour, loveable characters and topics they really want to read.
Reading at New Silksworth Academy
Here at New Silksworth Academy we believe that reading for pleasure should be a fundamental part of childhood and lifelong learning whatever the child’s ability, background or culture. We believe that every one of our children deserves a rich curriculum which encourages extensive reading of, and exposure to, a wide range of texts. This in turn will make a huge contribution to students’ educational achievement. All staff will endeavour to foster a love of reading and make links to planning for reading for pleasure across the whole curriculum to ensure we are an outstanding reading school.
Class Texts have been carefully chosen to match the themes taught across the school. The children enjoy making links and connections between the texts they study in English and the wider curriculum.
Here are some of the texts that are used across school:
Each class also has a class novel that they read for pleasure. These books are chosen by the children and follow their interests. Children are also encouraged to read a range of genres. This is evident in both in the classrooms and in the school libraries. The school also subscribes to The Weekly Primary magazine.
New Silksworth Academy uses Bug Club as a school-wide reading programme. This incorporates both printed books and online reading to provide a wide range of texts for the children to read that are perfectly suited to their reading age and ability.
Please read our reading policy to find out more about how reading is taught at New Silksworth Academy.