Phonics is taught at Nutley CE Primary using the Government Accredited phonics scheme - Twinkl Phonics. The children begin learning single sounds when they start in Reception. During their Reception year they finish learning their single sounds as well as learning ‘digraphs’ and ‘trigraphs’. They also learn ‘tricky’ words from the Reception Common Exception Word List and begin learning the names of the letters of the alphabet. In Year 1 and 2, the children revise all single letters sounds, digraphs and trigraphs, as well as learning alternative spellings for these. They also learn the Common Exception Words for their year group. Throughout their phonics experience, children are taught to blend sounds together to read words and segmenting sounds to write words. The Twinkl Phonics programme encompasses a wide range of resources for teachers to use as a whole class, in groups or for interventions. These are used alongside other resources to support the teaching of Phonics in KS1 and KS2.
Reading is integrated throughout the curriculum at Nutley. Reading is taught throughout the school using a combination of Common Exception Word reading skills, taught progressively. VIPERS skills (Vocabulary, Inference,
Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval and Summary/Sequence) are used to develop language comprehension. Reading is used throughout the curriculum to engage learning and develop confidence to read across all subjects. All children have access to a variety of high-quality Fiction and Non-fiction texts through class reading areas, specific texts for a class Learning Focus and the Library. Children are encouraged to read regularly at home to support fluency and enjoyment of reading.
Every class enjoys rich texts which are changed termly to support reading and writing in conjunction with a term’s Learning Focus and Learning Concepts. These rich texts are planned within the class Long-Term Planning to ensure variety and progression through the school. Children will explore a range of text types, including fiction, poetry and non-fiction, as well as authors from different cultures and different genres.
The children use No-Nonsense Spelling from KS1 onwards to support spelling strategies within all writing. From Year 1 to Year 6 children are all given Common Exception Words to learn at their own pace, which are taught throughout the year in discreet handwriting and spelling lessons, within English lessons, as well as at home.