Here at Long Bennington we teach children to read using a range of strategies.
The primary strategy that we use is PHONICS which is where we teach children to attach sounds to letter shapes so they can decode words.
Children in KS1 and where appropriate in KS2 receive daily phonics teaching that is matched to their existing knowledge and ability.
They progress through the phases of a scheme called 'Letters and Sounds' until automatic decoding has become embedded and reading is fluent.
(To see this document, please follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/190599/Letters_and_Sounds_-_DFES-00281-2007.pdf)
Children are tested in their phonic ability at the end of Year 1 where they have to attain a national standard.
In Summer 2017 90% of our pupils achieved this national standard.
At the end of Year 2 pupils who missed the national standard in Year 1 re-sit the test. In 2017 we had one pupil re-sit and they did not achieve the standard.
If a child does not achieve the national standard by the end of Year 2 the systematic teaching of phonics will continue until every child is a reader.