Phonics and Reading

During their time at Golden Hill, pupils will be encouraged to read regularly and it is our aim to instil a love of reading in every pupil. Pupils will have the opportunity to listen to a teacher read daily for pleasure, helping to choose the texts they listen to. We aim to provide a book rich environment where all adults within school demonstrate a love of reading which will encourage every pupil to become a reader.

At Golden Hill, reading is taught through systematic synthetic phonics. We follow the Letters and Sounds Programme across both Key Stages, where the children are set accordingly to the phase they are working towards. To supplement the teaching of Letters and Sounds, pupils will receive a book that will be phonically decodable from the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme. In Key Stage 2, pupils who require the teaching of phonics will do so through Fast Track Phonics.

In KS2, spellings are taught following No Nonsense Spelling. Our aim is to teach 5 spelling sessions over a 2 week period and spellings are sent
home for your child to learn.

Staff will assess pupils’ reading regularly and pupils will be given specific reading targets during their time at Golden Hill. These targets will be used during every reading session between a pupil and adult. These smart targets will enable pupils to know how they can be better readers.

It is our aim that pupils will read every day while at Golden Hill Short Stay School. Pupils will have the opportunity to read to an adult or undertake an independent reading activity using online resources such as Epic or Oxford Owl Online.

Golden Hill also provide opportunities for the children to visit our School Library weekly and to loan a book which they can take home and share with their family, carers and passenger assistants during their journey to and from school.