Black Forest Primary School

Learning to Read

Learning to read is the most important educational outcome of primary education. Reading is a complex process that builds on oral language and encompasses both specific skill development (phonemic and decoding strategies) and the use of comprehension strategies. Current research informs us that there are 6 major components of an effective reading program. These are:

· Oral language – provides the foundation for learning to read

· Vocabulary – is a key component of reading for meaning

· Phonological Awareness - is a broad term that refers to the ability to focus on the sounds of speech as opposed to its meaning, and it has a number of different levels or components

· Phonics – the relationship between sounds and letters – the “alphabetic code” or the system that the English language uses to map sounds onto paper. This is taught sequentially and explicitly at our school using “Jolly Phonics”

· Fluency –the point at which “learning to read” transforms into “reading to learn”.

· Comprehension – the reason for reading!

Reading Process

Phonological Awareness Policy

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