Phonics and Reading

 
At Woodstone we aim to develop enjoyment and a love of reading. All children are encouraged to take books home regularly to read and share with their families. Reading is a fundamental part in everything that we do. It is our aspiration that every child is a fluent reader and enjoys reading for pleasure. We recognise that reading, language and communication is hugely important for our children, for them to succeed in education and beyond in later life.  

Here at Woodstone we ensure that reading is a focus area. Children are exposed to high quality texts across the curriculum and reading skills are taught in all year groups. We create a reading rich environment where children can readily access a range of text genres for enjoyment. We also see reading as an opportunity for children to follow their individual interests beyond the curriculum. We value the importance of children being read to and ensure that all children are read to daily. In addition to this, all children take books home regularly to read and share with their families. All children have the opportunity to visit our school library within class sessions but also within their own time.  

At Woodstone we use DFE listed, Monster Phonics as a whole-class scheme. ‘Monster Phonics’ is a rigorous, systematic synthetic programme developed by Ingrid Connors, a primary teacher, phonics specialist and audiological scientist. All of the resources within the programme are mapped against the Letters and Sounds phases 1 to 6 and the KS1 Spelling Curriculum. 

Different to any other scheme, Monster Phonics uses colour to consistently code for key graphemes in English. Colour shows children how to pronounce the most difficult aspects of reading. It is unique in that it uses character (monster) phoneme cues and colour coding to represent the long vowel sounds, silent letters and tricky letters. With Monster Phonics, spellings are more memorable and learning to read and spell becomes exciting and fun!

 
 
Reception 'Share a Story' session
Our Reception children enjoyed their first 'Share a Story' session where parents were invited in for the first part of the morning to share some of the children's favourite books together
KS2 Author Visit
We welcomed a local author, Oliver Fordham, into our school! It is fantastic to meet a real author and learn all about his writing. 
Reading Buddies 
 
World Book Day 2023

What's new in Reading?

At Woodstone we now follow the Monster Phonics scheme. We have invited heavily in new, exciting and enjoyable books for the KS1 children. This includes both fiction and non-fiction books. Every child is closely matched to a reading book at any appropriate phonics phase or reading ability level.  

We have worked hard on creating new reading corners for the children to spend quality time enjoying books independently and with their peers. 

As a school timetables have been altered to ensure that reading is a priority. We have allowed additional time for classes to recap Phonics teaching and for all children to read in class (ERIC). 

Useful websites
At Woodstone we use the Monster Phonics scheme.
A free eBook library for 3-11 year-olds and educational games and activities to enjoy.
A website offering support and advice for getting children to read.
Miss Rebecca Pickering

Reading Subject Lead

I am very passionate about Phonics and Reading and its importance in order for children to be able to learn effectively. It's such a vital skill, which we aim to teach effectively, to allow the children to embark on their journeys of discovery.

We follow the Monster Phonics scheme. This is an award-winning, multi-sensory phonics programme which uses colour to consistently code for key graphemes in English. It is unique, in that it uses character (monster) phoneme cues and colour-coding to represent the long vowel sounds, silent letters and tricky letters. 
You can find out more about the Monster Phonics programme here
 
Meet the Monsters 
An Introduction to Monster Phonics 
 
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Pure Speech Sounds
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