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Phonics at Enfield Academy of New Waltham

This September we have subscribed to a new synthetic phonics scheme which we know the children will enjoy learning. The company that provides this is called Activ Learn and they do a range of programmes. We have bought  'Phonics Bug' to use with the children. There are comprehensive lesson plans and a range of resources to support your child's learning. Phonics bug follows the same pattern as Letters and Sounds, which you may be more familiar with. For more information about this and how you can help your child, please click on the link below or come and talk to us.

Reading at Enfield Academy of New Waltham

We think it is important to have a 'love of reading!'. We have an area in every classroom which is inviting and comfortable for the children to choose high quality texts to enjoy and share. As reading is a central aspect of all curriculum areas, we put great emphasis on developing the skills, and fostering the love of reading which will help your child to be a life-long reader.  Children will be given the opportunity to read from a wide range of books including reading scheme books and books from the library.

At Enfield Academy of New Waltham we have adopted the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme as our core reading system, with many other books put alongside these core books into reading bands. We are currently subscribing to the Power of Reading scheme that has tried and tested texts that are chosen for their high quality and how they can link to all areas of the curriculum, as well as providing a range of teaching approaches to engage the children across the school. 

Reading strategies are taught in the English lessons through shared and guided reading.  Your child will read in a group every week and complete reading or writing activities to support this learning. Your child will be engaged in a form of reading every day including reading out their own work, using dictionaries, reading labels and instructions, computer games, library books and so on. The teacher will share a book with your child as often as possible; the frequency of these individual and group sessions depends on the needs of the child.

The children are developing comprehension skills right from the early years where they are encouraged to reflect on and question the content. As each child develops as a reader they are encouraged to be aware of their audience, reading with a greater degree of fluency and expression. They also begin to use the skills needed to be able to find information from books.

We view a home school partnership as an essential part of your child's learning. Each time a child reads at home, we ask parents to sign the home reading record and after 20 reading sessions, your child will receive his / her first certificate. At the end of the school year, some children have read more than 300 times and are awarded with a trophy. Your child will bring his/her reading book home each day with a Home Reading Booklet. This provides an opportunity for you to share a story with your child in a relaxed environment or enables the older readers to enjoy a book alone at home. 

It is important that the children try to read a variety of material, such as fiction, non-fiction, poetry and a range of more complex short novels, especially when they are fluent readers.