Reading Time in Year 1 takes place twice a week. The class is divided into reading groups according the reading strategies the children need to develop and practice. This is our "Guided reading" where the teacher reads with one group for 15 minutes while the rest do some "reading cards". These reading cards aim at each group´s needs so they practice while they are waiting for their turn to read.
And here goes Year 4. They have a phonics session per week and learn new alternative spelling. They all read texts and spot the new spelling.
They love learning alternative spelling and doing the activities.
This year we have implemented in school the Phonics International phonics and spelling programme of Debbie Hepplewhite for years 4, 5 and 6. This programme is an excellent one to follow the Jolly Phonics. It has all the necessary material: sound activity worksheets, flashcards, alphabetic posters, games, I can read texts, and...it is all online!
Year 1 loves working with their magnetic letters and whiteboards! It is a wonderful activity as children apply their phonics knowledge, they hear sounds in words and then write on their boards. We decided to put all the letters in one big rectangular plastic box which they share in groups of 4.
GUIDED READING SESSION YEAR 1 Nov. 2009 This video clip shows a Guided Reading session in Year 1 by the end of the year. There are four reading groups, grouped according to the children´s reading strategies. For this session we had some help from our visitors: Silvia, Andrea and Monica, Heads and teachers of Colegio Newlands in Adrogue, who came to see how CSA children learn phonics. Thanks for coming and helping us with the reading!
The Literacy Hour This video shows a Literacy session beginning with Phonics, revisit and review of some sounds and Reading questions proving correct blending checking for understanding. Just then it continues with a Shared Reading session and ends up with a Shared Writing session connected with the previous reading activity.