Hale Primary School
In The Heart of The New Forest
Reading and Phonics
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go! Dr Suess

At Hale we place a great importance on reading and developing in children a love of reading for pleasure. We have a well stocked library which children are encouraged to use and each year take part in the Hampshire Picture Book Awards. 

Reading in key stage 1:

In key stage 1 we have a large selection of colour-banded books which the children are encouraged to change and take home to share on a regular basis. A reading diary is provided to all children as a place where parents, staff and children, can comment upon their progress in reading.

For a useful explanation of colour banding visit: http://www.readingchest.co.uk/book-bands​

Phonics:
We follow the Letters and Sounds publication as the core of our phonics provision, which is based upon the English Alphabetic Code.
However, we supplement this with resources from other schemes  as determined by classes or individual child need.
Letters and Sounds is divided into six phases, with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning.
Children have time to practise and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words. They are also taught to read and spell ‘tricky words’, which are words with spellings that are unusual or that children have not yet been taught.  

Useful Phonics and Reading websites:
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