PHONICS AND READING SCHEME
The Maytree phonics scheme is a systematic and rigorous approach to the teaching of early reading based on Letters and Sounds. It is a systematically planned and resourced scheme. Integral to the scheme, are regular assessments which are carried out to ensure that children not making progress are identified early.
Our phonic scheme was designed with the support of the English hub.
The school is determined to not only meet, but exceed National expectations. Children come into Maytree with low levels or very little English and many leave at or above National expectations.
Despite the pandemic, comprehensive phonics teaching has rigorously and consistently taken place both in school and via remote teaching.
We believe parental support is vital at all stages of a child’s education and will help parents to support their children by providing parent workshops and meetings. Children take ‘Home Share’ books matched to their reading level and we ask that parents read with their children for a short time every day. We also ask parents to make sure their children see them read on a regular basis to motivate and encourage children to be natural and spontaneous readers.
Maytree School uses Dandelion Readers as our 'Home Share' books. These are Decodable books that each child can read independently once they have been taught the phonics at that level. Decodable books consolidate the phonics taught in the classroom. With step-by-step progression, the pupil succeeds at each level while learning the phonics needed to become a fluent reader. This approach develops confident readers with reliable reading strategies. This helps children and parents see how well their child’s reading is progressing. Each book in the Dandelion series also includes a game. This helps to practise and consolidate the learning in a fun way.
We encourage children to read ‘real’ books alongside their phonetically decodable text and by the time children are confident readers in Year Two, real books by popular authors are used predominantly. Our school library is also open daily and each classroom also has a book corner which is stocked with a variety of books to enthuse and inspire the children and instill a love of reading into all our pupils which we hope will last a lifetime.
In addition to this, each class has a set of books we call our ‘reading spine’ following the 'Talk for Reading' principles. These are made up of popular high quality texts which are read on a regular basis at designated reading times during the day. These carefully chosen books support children’s knowledge and understanding of how texts work, extends their vocabulary and exposes them to stories which they may be unable to access independently.
For further information, please see the Phonics and Reading Policy below