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Phonics & Reading

Enabling a child to be a fluent confident reader, who can access knowledge and enjoyment from words, is a prime aim.

There is no single way of teaching a child to read.  Every child needs to experience a combination of all methods and expertise.  Here at Hillcrest we have an excellent team of teachers, teaching assistants and volunteers who all contribute to making sure that all pupils are successful in the winding pathway to becoming a fluent reader.

Reading Schemes

We utilise a number of reading schemes to provide a breadth of fiction and non-fiction texts; a variety of text types; a wide spectrum of dynamic characters; and a clear phonic based approach.

Here at Hillcrest we enjoy the following reading schemes:  Rigby, Oxford Reading Tree, Story World, Big Cat and Alphakids.

Phonics Hillcrest children enjoy the benefit of learning to read by following the Story Time Phonics programme.  We enhance this by supplementing it with Sound Discovery, which we use for whole class teaching in addition to "catch-up" style interventions further up the school.

The children begin to learn the mechanics of reading as soon as they enter school in reception.  Phonics is taught rigorously to aid word building skills.  In addition, children are taught to use different strategies to cope with the anomalies of the English language so they can be adept in spelling and using correct grammar.  All children are given the opportunity to read every day as well as to listen to adults sharing texts with them.  Browsing books in odd moments is the norm.

We value the part Parents and Carers play in this learning process.  Children take home reading texts every day to share with people at home.  We welcome comments in the ‘Communication Books’ so that there is liaison and understanding about the progress the child is making.

We have regular assessment of progress and intervention strategies to support or reinforce learning.

Reading is the gateway to everything – we take pride in helping your child to succeed.