Priory School uses a synthetic phonic approach, which is taught systematically from phase 1 in Nursery through to phase 5 in Year 2. Children new to the school or new arrivals from abroad can access a catch up programme to introduce them to the strategies used by teachers and their peers.
The reading of high frequency words is taught alongside phonics from Nursery to Year 2. Children are provided with frequent, daily opportunities to practice reading sight words. High frequency word key-rings are sent home in Reception. New words are added to these key rings as children learn them.
A programme of shared reading is taught from Nursery to Year 1. In Nursery children learn the concepts of print and begin to recognise high frequency words in shared reading. In Reception and Year 1 these sessions are an additional opportunity for children to apply their phonic knowledge as well as developing their reading strategies and comprehension skills.
All children throughout the school have guided reading sessions in addition to the daily English lesson. We use a range of reading scheme texts for guided reading (PM, Rigby Star and Alphakids) which are colour coded using book bands and Reading Recovery levels. Guided reading texts for older children are levelled according to National Curriculum levels.
Children begin guided reading sessions in Reception. At this stage every child will have two sessions with their class teacher weekly. In all other year groups children read with their teacher weekly.
In addition to this, the children have access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction from both the classroom and the library collections. Each class from Reception to Year 6 visit the school library weekly.