At St Barnabas we are passionate about reading and writing. We aim to develop a love of reading for pleasure and children are given plenty of opportunities to read and write across the curriculum.
Miss Flynn is our English subject leader and she is passionate about our children developing a love of reading. This year she has overhauled our school library and purchased lots of new and exciting books for our children to choose from based on their recommendations.
Mrs Lewis, an Assistant Principal at our local high school, is our Reading link governor and English is her specialism.
Mrs Wilkinson is our Phonics Leader and is extremely passionate about Phonics and early reading. She is a Phonics Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) who regularly supports other schools in our Trust and local authority with raising attainment and developing teaching and learning in Phonics.
Phonics sessions are taught daily in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. We use the Bug Club Phonics scheme. They are taught following a six phase programme and follow the same lesson structure each day. All phonics sessions follow the same four part teaching sequence:
- Revisit and review- where previously taught sounds are revised.
- Teach- new sounds or tricky words are taught.
- Practice- reading and writing letters and words with the new sound in.
- Apply- read and writing caption and sentences with the new sound in.
At the end of Year 1 your child will complete a phonics assessment which is made up of real and nonsense words. This assesses how well children can use their knowledge of phonics to read words. You will be told your child’s result at the end of Year 1 and if your child has or has not met the benchmark grade. If your child doesn’t achieve the benchmark grade then further intensive support will be given in Year 2.
Information for Parents about our Phonics Scheme
Here is an information video about Bug Club Phonics
Our new scheme is now linked to our reading books so your child will access stories that our linked to their current phonics level. This will help them to practise and consolidate their learning.
All about Early Reading and Phonics
Please watch this video to find out more information about Early Reading and Phonics
Phonics Screening Check
Please find a letter here for Year 2 parents about the Phonics screening check:
This year we have focused on the book ‘The Colour Monster’. This is a lovely story that talks about different feelings. We thought this was a great book to focus on after the challenging year our children have faced.
All of our staff have created our own version of The Masked Singer but as ‘The Masked Reader’. Can you guess who is behind each mask? Our children loved guessing who was behind each mask!
We held an ‘Extreme reading’ competition. Look at all of the amazing places where our children read their stories.
Fun games and resources