At Wimbledon Chase we feel it important to develop a love of reading throughout the children’s time at the school. We encourage all children to actively engage with the texts within the classroom environment e.g. books in the book corners, reading instructions from the board, reading labels, texts from the computer, etc. Children also read to a teacher at least once a week, either in a Guided Reading session or individually.
The children are exposed to both ‘real’ books and books from a variety of reading schemes. These books are grouped using the book banding system published by the National Reading Recovery Agency.
We teach Synthetic Phonics daily in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. In all our lessons we encourage children to use letter sounds to spell words as well as learning the High Frequency words. We use both Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds as a basis for our phonics teaching.
We also offer an intensive phonics support programme for children who need it in Key Stage 2.