Reading and Phonics
At Highters Heath Community School we teach children to read and write using synthetic phonics. Synthetic phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word.
The scheme we use to teach children phonics is called Read Write Inc. Phonics. This teaches children the sounds used in the English language and the letter or groups of letters that make those sounds. At the same time it teaches the children how to write the letters that make the sounds, with a short rhyme linked to it to help them with correct letter formation.
Phonics lessons take place every day for pupils in Key Stage 1, with a move to guided reading lessons by the end of year 2.
At Highters Heath school we use a range of reading schemes for home and guided reading books which are levelled to match the national curriculum book bands and levels. These include; PM Books, Rigby Rockets, Oxford Reading Tree, Storyworld and Lighthouse. Many of these books are specifically linked to the government guidelines on teaching reading and allow pupils to practise the phonics learned in lessons.