At Sheldwich we believe that creating an environment in which children learn to love reading is an absolutely integral part of every pupil's learning journey. This journey begins in our Pre-School setting with a rich variety of adult-led text sharing and fun & engaging phonics activities. In our Early Years setting and during Key Stage 1, children develop their reading skills through the colour-banded structure of the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme. This scheme forms the basis of our pupil's reading development but is not used in isolation - the Oxford Reading Tree scheme books are supplemented with texts matched to each of the colour banded levels from numerous sources including Project X and Big Cat books. This richness of variety is key and exemplified further by our delightful 'choosing chests' that our pupils have access too.
Our Phonics teaching follows the 'Sounds Write' program of synthetic phonics. In Classes R, 1 and 2 children access the Sounds Write program through daily, discrete Phonics lessons. The statutory Phonics Screening takes place during Year One with children able to repeat the screening in Year Two if they haven't previously met the required standard. Please see the 'Phonics' policy below for further detail.