KS1 Reading Schemes and Phonics

 At Upper Beeding Primary School we help your child to get ready for learning to read and write using phonics by developing their understanding that spoken words are made up of different sounds. Your child will take part in a high-quality phonics session every day. These sessions are active and fun-filled with an emphasis on teaching the skills your child will need for reading and writing. The programme that we use at Upper Beeding Primary to help us to plan and teach high quality phonics sessions is called Letters and Sounds.  This is a Government recommended scheme.
We have adopted the Oxford Reading Tree as our reading scheme which includes the Biff and Chip stories, poetry, songbird and non-fiction books.
At Upper Beeding we believe the enjoyment of reading is at the heart of a love of learning. We understand that Literacy is a fundamental life skill and underpins learning in all subjects. Literacy develops children’s ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes. Children need the ability to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as of non-fiction and media texts. Children need to gain the understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Children use their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different situations.
World Book Day
The school really wants the children to enjoy and be enthusiastic about reading. We know that when children love reading they will want to do it more. World Book Day gives us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate books with the children. Watch the film to see our "Teacher Read" event where children were free to drop into any class to listen to a particular book!

Book Week
Children love our special weeks at the school. Book week featured plenty of visits, performances and special activities. Have a look at the video to see more.

When Julia Donaldson came to visit
The school regularly invites authors into the school to talk about their books, show us how the illustrations are made and sometime to act them out (with the children's help!).
Local author Julia Donaldson is a big hit with children. Her popular books include The GruffaloRoom on the Broom and Stick Man