Phonics, Reading & Writing

Phonics Rationale

At Polden Bower, we recognise the importance of giving all our students the opportunity to gain functional literacy skills. Research suggests that the most effective way for all students to learn to read is through a systematic synthetic phonics approach taught by direct instruction. In light of this at Polden Bower, we use a combination of ‘Phase 1 Letters and Sounds’ and ‘Sounds-Write’ to teach pre-phonics and phonics respectively. This consistent approach across all Key-Stages ensures students are taught in a systematic and carefully structured way. Students progress through small cumulative steps, allowing for plenty of retrieval practice and application. To read more about Polden Bower's Phonics Strategy click below.

Phonics Strategy

Reading Rationale

At Polden Bower, we recognise the value of reading for pleasure in order to develop critical life-skills and prepare our students for adulthood. Our curriculum is designed to ensure the success of all learners through a differentiated approach with ambitious targets. Our themes cover a broad-range of age-appropriate, quality texts through which we teach decoding, fluency, comprehension and spelling, punctuation and grammar. Our approach to reading ensures students are given the opportunity to gain functional literacy by being able to derive meaning from visual and/or tactile representations such as objects, picture, symbols or written words. To read more about Polden Bower's Reading Strategy click below. 

Reading Strategy

Writing Rationale

At Polden Bower, we recognise the importance of writing as a form of communication as well as giving students the ability to express themselves. It allows for creativity, expressing thoughts, ideas and feelings as well as being functional and allowing for greater independence in adulthood. Our curriculum is designed to ensure the success of all learners through a differentiated approach with ambitious targets. Our themes cover a broad-range of age-appropriate genres, through which we teach fine-motor skills, letter formation, composition and spelling, punctuation and grammar. Our approach to writing ensures students are given the opportunity to gain functional literacy by being able to write using symbols or text. To read more about Polden Bower's Writing Strategy click below.

Writing Strategy