Reading Schemes Information
At The Redway School we focus on individual approaches to supporting pupils depending on their specific needs and learning style, in developing their early-reading, sound recognition and reading skills. We have a wide variety of schemes that we follow for a range of different reading abilities. We have specialist trained staff and an array of resources to support pupils to either begin their journey of reading, or to continue down the exciting path.
‘Letters and Sounds’ is the phonics curriculum produced by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It teaches children to read and write using phonics. Phonics focuses on phonemes (sounds in words) and graphemes (the symbols used to represent them). It progresses from beginning activities such as listening and identifying sounds, to reading more complex sentences and ‘tricky’ sentences as you move up the phases from 1-6. Phonics activities can be taught through songs, dance, I-pad applications, ICT games, individual activities and group work.
‘Oxford Reading Tree’ is the home of Biff, Chip and Kipper, Songbird Phonics, Traditional Tales and Floppy Phonics. All series of books that pupils can work through when learning to read. Each book has a specific phonic focus. Depending where the learner is on the scheme it can give them a level which looks at phonic knowledge, vocabulary, sentence length, the number of words on a page and use of illustrations.
‘See and Learn’ is a structured teaching programme that is designed to teach children with Down syndrome or children with similar learning needs to talk and read. It teaches skills in small steps, and provides opportunity to consolidate learning. The activities include identifying pictures following key vocabulary, learning to read sight words, simple phrases and sentences, letter-sounds and phonological awareness.
‘Edmark Reading Programme’ helps students who require an alternative to phonics. It uses a repetitive work recognition method to teach reading to support pupils with autism or similar learning needs. Activities include reading controlled vocabulary stories, oral and sight word vocabulary and opportunities for social skills enrichment. The scheme was designed primarily for pupils with autism but does support learners with similar learning needs.
‘Language Comprehension’ – To extend pupils learning who have a wide range of vocabulary, and have worked through the reading schemes and are confident readers. We endeavour to extend the pupils learning and their use of language and literacy skills. Schofield & Sims produce a scheme of language comprehension books to follow which focus on the ability to interpret text, make inferences and use prediction skills linked to writing.