Reading and Phonics
At Swannington CE there is great importance on early reading. We follow a very structured approach to teaching phonics by following 'Letters and Sounds' in daily sessions in EYFS and Year 1. Children are taught by listening to and saying the sounds and reading the sounds through repetition and review. They begin to blend these sounds into written words in directly instructed and sequenced sessions and they develop their skills of placing words into context within sentences, building their vocabulary as well.
Children have reading books that are matched to their phonological awareness and are also encouraged through carefully structured play and whole class shared stories to have a passion and love of reading, developing increasing independence and automaticity of retelling stories with familiar story language, settings and structure.