Literacy Information Nov 14


Reading at Baytree

At Baytree School, reading and enjoying books is an important part of all children’s learning and development. A range of books and stories are always available including sensory, tactile, personalised and bag books in addition to magazines, newspapers, catalogues, Interactive computer stories and social stories.

Every year we celebrate World Book Day by dressing up as a character from a favourite story book, or following a whole school theme. The children are also visited yearly by ‘Storybox’ who perform familiar stories to the children.
Older students also visit local community schools to watch productions of familiar tales’.
We have a wide reading diet including fiction, non-fiction books from the following schemes:

  • Dandelion Launchers
  • Dandelion Readers.
  • Jelly and Bean
  • Rapid Phonics
  • Phonics Bug
  • Rigby Stars
  • Oxford Reading Tree
  • Totem and Talisman
  • Read Write Inc
  • Project X

All children are encouraged to select reading books from the classroom, and home to share with their parents to encourage a love of reading.

What is Phonics?

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read independently and skilfully.

They are taught how to:


  • recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;
  • identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make – such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’; and
  • blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.


Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.

We use phonics alongside other strategies which suit individual learning needs, to support each students reading development. This may include ’Whole word’ approach, sight words, key words and high frequency words.

At Baytree School we teach phonics by using the Letters and Sounds Programme, we have also developed our own programme to supplement this (Baytree letters and sounds). Students in Key Stage 5 focus upon reading functional vocabulary to support their independence and life skills.


If you would like further information or would like to know more about how you can help your child with reading and phonics please contact Charlotte Brooks, Subject leader for Reading and Writing.