Phonics is a method of teaching children to read by linking sounds (phonemes) and the symbols that represent them (graphemes). At Burnside Primary School, we follow the Sounds Write scheme, which is a Department of Education approved complete systematic synthetic phonics programme. We believe that all of our children can become fluent readers and writers. The Sounds Write programme ensures that children build on their phonic knowledge, mastering the initial and extended code to read and spell as they move through school. As a result, our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words as they read. We also model the application of the code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.
We recognise the importance of being able to read fluently and with understanding - these skills are fundamental to being able to live a full and rewarding life, as well as enabling pupils to access all areas of the curriculum. The reading policy below contains further information about reading at Burnside Primary School.
We believe immersing children in high-quality reading texts is the key to inspiring pupils to write imaginatively, effectively and purposefully for a range of audiences. These effective stimuli for writing inspire our children to write with enthusiasm. The writing policy below outlines our writing curriculum in full.