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Sandlings' Approach to Reading and Phonics

The ability to read is fundamental to pupils’ learning across the curriculum, their ability to be independent and their future life choices.

We want children to

  • develop an interest in and a love of books
  • read with increasing accuracy, fluency, understanding and responses to text.
  • read for learning and read for pleasure.

Oxford Reading Tree books are our core scheme for guided reading in Key Stage 1 and  the Letter and Sounds scheme is used for the teaching of phonics. 

At Sandlings all pupils 

  • visit the school library every fortnight with their class/group and choose a new book.
  • read 1:1 with an adult in school a minimum of once per week.
  • read in a group with the class teacher once per week.
  • receive a reading record which forms a link between home and school
  • have a ‘banded’ book to read both in school and at home
  • have access to a range of high quality texts through the banded reading scheme,