Reading and Phonics

Reading at St Martin-in-Meneage School


Reading is an integral part of children’s development; learning to read unlocks a whole new world and is a vital life skill.  At St Martin we strive to help children develop a love for reading as well as the skills required to read successfully. 


When children join the school they are given a reading log book and access books from the school library to read at home together with parents or careers; this helps to establish a reading routine.  After a couple of weeks children begin taking home books from our reading scheme.  This is made up of different books from varying companies and children are able to access books that interest them within their coloured band.  These colour bands relate to their reading ability and children progress through the bands as their ability and confidence grows.


Children are encouraged to read regularly at home, but are also heard regularly within school by teachers and teaching assistants.  Children who read at home are proven to have greater success when learning to read and make quicker initial progress; any reading done at home or school is recorded in their reading log book.  As children progress through the school they also take part in guided reading sessions with small groups of similar ability children.


In Porthallow Class we run a 'Reading Roundabout'  on three days each week between 9 and 9.40 am, where children take part in group reading activities, supported by an adult. Parents are encouraged to come and join in with Reading Roundabout on a weekly rota if they can and this system works best with parent support. The children and parents enjoy the routine of this system, which enables regular reading support to take place in the classroom and provides each child with one to one reading time at least three times a week.


Phonics at St Martin-in-Meneage School


Phonics is taught daily in Porthallow Class following the government Letters and Sounds document. Children take part in a range of multi-sensory games and activities planned and delivered in order to provide for their individual ability. These include whole class group sessions as well as small group and individual activities. Jolly Phonics, Giant Phonics and some online resources support us in this work and children are supported in making links between the phonics teaching activities and their other class work.