At Windrush primary we use among other things the Bug Club Phonics scheme, Bug Club is a finely levelled, phonically based reading scheme, which ensures that each child can find a book at exactly the right level for them. Each child has a personalised homepage where they'll find the eBooks they've been allocated by the teacher and motivating rewards. The online reading world ensures children can access independent reading resources anywhere at any time. Bug Club books are graded into colour-coded Book Band levels, and within each level there is a carefully planned progression of books. This fine progression gives children plenty of opportunity to develop their reading skills and master each fine step while moving through the reading programme.
What is phonics?
Phonics is one method of teaching children how to read and write.Phonics is all about sounds. There are 44 sounds in the English language, which we put together to form words.Some are represented by one letter, like 't', and some by two or more, like 'ck' in duck and 'air' in chair.Children are taught the sounds first, then how to match them to letters, and finally how to use the letter sounds for reading and spelling.Synthetic phonics refers to 'synthesising', or blending, the sounds to read words. It is based on the idea that children should sound out unknown words and not rely on their context. Reading books are graded by difficulty by reading levels known as Book Bands. Each Book Band has its own colour.
The chart below gives an indication of the range of Book Band levels at which most children will be reading as they progress through primary school.The chart shows the progress of an ‘average’ band of children- but no individual child is ‘average’, so no child makes smooth progress precisely in this way. Children tend to learn in fits and starts – periods of growth followed by periods of consolidation when their progress seems to halt for a while. The periods where you don’t see rapid progress may be worrying, especially after a ‘growth spurt’, but they are important as your child develops confidence in using and applying their newly acquired skills.
EBL describes an environment in which learning is driven by a process of enquiry owned by the pupils.
Starting with a ‘scenario’ and with the guidance of a facilitator, students identify their own issues and questions. They then examine the resources they need to research the topic, thereby acquiring the requisite knowledge. Knowledge so gained is more readily retained because it has been acquired by experience and in relation to a real problem.
It is essential that our pupils are educated for knowledge creation, lifelong learning and leadership. They will take on leading roles in their future working environments: directing change, asking important questions, solving problems and developing new knowledge.