When your child starts at Gilbrook we will work to develop a full picture of their skills and strengths, as well as determining which areas they may need more help and guidance with. We will set specific individual targets which will help them to achieve in literacy and will build their confidence and self-esteem.

We may help your child understand how words are built and broken down through teaching systematic synthetic phonics. Children are encouraged to identify spelling patterns in familiar words. We teach this using a multisensory approach. This may be writing words in sand or shaving foam, building letters from play dough, investigating words through ICT games or using magnetic letters.

The children progress from phonics teaching into the school’s spelling programme – No Nonsense Spelling. In this programme they use similar strategies to learn more complex spelling patterns.

This work ultimately helps children to decode new words as they learn to read. We want the children to develop a love for reading and so we try to make the experience as fun and interactive as possible. Our scheme is called Bug Club. This is an online resource. Teachers can select books which they think will interest a child and allocate it to them online. Each child has their own log on details meaning they can access their books in school and at home.  Bug Club also assesses a child’s comprehension as they read by asking questions as they read. There are also opportunities for teachers to link the child’s reading book to their learning in phonics and to provide writing opportunities linked to the characters.

Children will have opportunities to read their books individually and in small groups led by a teacher. School also offers sessions for parents to learn how to use this resource at home to support learning.

Each class as has a comfortable and inviting reading corner with reading challenges and rewards to encourage children to read a book at every opportunity.

We also plan as many opportunities throughout the school year as we can to promote reading, including visits to the local library and inviting guests to read stories to the children.