Approach to teaching phonics, spellings and reading

Phonics is taught in small, stage appropriate groups across the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage I. Early reading is also taught using synthetic phonics with other strategies being introduced later. Spelling is taught across the school using the Babcock spelling programme along with the Collins Spelling programme where appropriate. Pupils are placed into stage appropriate groupings with interventions for pupils experiencing difficulty.  

Reading Schemes
Early reading scheme books include Oxford Reading Tree and New Way Reading schemes. These are used to practise decoding skills and other story and character based books to develop other strategies.

Reading underpins the English curriculum at Redcourt St anselm’s. This involves the use of very high quality texts to engage pupils and develop higher order skills. The texts are chosen with care to engage even the most reluctant reader.

Pupils with specific learning difficulties in literacy receive 1:1 support and work through a well planned reading, spelling and comprehension skills development intervention programme.  All Staff have undergone training to support SEND pupils including those with spld and dyslexia.