Reading

How Monster Phonics Works | Monster Phonics

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Our aim is to develop enjoyment and a love of reading. All children are encouraged to take books home regularly to read and share with their families. These may be from a range of reading schemes and non-scheme books and are used for independent or "shared" reading.

At Milford School, reading is taught through our daily phonics lessons in all year groups (Monster Phonics) and Guided Reading, where a teacher reads with small groups of children.  This is an effective strategy because it gives the teacher the opportunity to ask the children questions about the text they have read and discuss it at length.  There are also opportunities throughout the week for children read on a 1:1 basis with an adult.

Across the whole school, starting in Reception, children are taught to read through phonics, where we use the Monster Phonics scheme (and also some Jolly Phonics songs in Reception), including high frequency (sight) word recognition to enable them to read unfamiliar words and to tackle new texts confidently. The children learn about different 'Monsters' who are colour coded to help the children learn and embed different rules and patterns.