As a lead Talk for Writing (TfW) school, we believe that all children are story tellers and writers and you will see this reflected in all areas of learning. TfW is powerful because it enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version. Our children, from Reception to Year 6, explore fiction and non-fiction through the process of imitating, innovating and finally inventing.
Our school has adopted the Letters and Sounds document (2007) to teach phonics with some resources in the Foundation Stage from Jolly Phonics.
More information about letters and sounds can be found here. (http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/what-is-letters-and-sounds-.html)
We use Oxford Reading Tree in Key Stage 1 to help support reading at home. Some children from Key Stage 2 will read the Project X books which are also from this scheme. During their time in Key Stage 2 children are able to choose their own books for home from a wide selection within their classrooms.
In guided reading sessions, we use a mixture of ‘real’ books, topic books and the Phonics Bug scheme. We use book bands to track children’s progress and ensure that the children are reading at an appropriate level.
Further information regarding book bands is available here (https://www.readingchest.co.uk/15/book-bands).