The academy mainly follows the Letters and Sounds guidance for the teaching of phonics although where this is not benefiting the learning we will implement resources and teaching which best meets the individual child. In the Early Years and Key Stage 1 phonics is taught creatively using a range of resources and supplementary ICT resources. In KS2 a variety of intervention strategies are used for those children when phonic learning is not secure.
Children have access to a wide range of reading material throughout the academy. Our core reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree which includes fiction, poetry and non fiction books. Older children enjoy Planet X stories as well as classic and modern fiction. Our reading material is supplemented by a wide variety of additional reading resources and appropriate apps on the iPad like 'Epic'.
Reading for pleasure is promoted continuously throughout the academy. Events are organised throughout the year including parent workshops, celebrating World Book Day, National Poetry Day, world Nursery Rhyme Week and working with our local library who support extended reading activities; author visits, competitions and workshops for the children. Through the Beanstalk Reading Volunteer programme we have several reading volunteers who come in to school, on a weekly basis, to support a number of children with their reading skills.
Staff strive to ensure children have a reading age at least in line or above their chronological age. Children enjoy reading and are keen to discuss books and enjoy spending time in class reading with each other or listening to stories being read out loud.
We have recently purchased a traditional style traveller caravan to be the centrepiece for the development of our 'Story Garden' where children will be actively encouraged to take their learning outside.