Phonics and Reading

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 KS2, spellings are taught following No Nonsense Spelling. 5 spelling sessions will be taught over a 2 week period and spellings are sent home for your child to learn.

The children are screened on arrival at Golden Hill and if necessary personalised learning programmes are completed; these can include Toe by Toe and IDL.

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 Lexia or Read Theory.

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.

This year we are proud to be part of the Lancashire ‘We are Reading’ Scheme and we are promoting a love for reading across the Key Stages. Pupils will listen to a story being read for pleasure on a daily basis and we aim to instil a love of reading in every pupil.