Phonics are taught across the school using elements of the "Letters and Sounds" programme. In order to ensure that children receive the most suitable teaching, teachers carry out careful assessments of the children's understanding and use of phonic skills. These assessments take place on a regular basis. Following these assessments children are placed into sets for phonics lessons.
Reading is a very important part of life at Hilltop Infant School and we aim for all children to develop a love of books and reading. Where school and families work together children make the best possible progress so we ask that all children read at home at least four times a week.
At Hilltop Infant School, children learn to read using a range of different books; a wide range of Oxford Reading Tree books are available alongside books from other schemes and individual titles. All books are grouped into colour bandings; this helps the staff and older children themselves to choose books that are at a level they can read independently with just a little support. We teach children to use a range of different strategies, including phonics, to read unfamiliar texts.
As well as their leveled reading books, children have the free choice of books from classroom book boxes to enjoy in class and they also make regular visits to the school library (once they have been in school for a couple of terms).
All children are encouraged to read daily at school; they will read captions, worksheets, group reading books and a range of other materials. Teachers will also hear them read books on an individual basis; the frequency of this will depend upon the age and ability of the children.
Children learn to read best when supported effectively at school and at home. We actively encourage all families to read with their child at home at least five times a week.
Members of the school community have worked together to find words that help to describe what is special about our school. We expect everyone at Hilltop Infant School to behave in a way that is consistent with these values.
Respect, Team Work, Inclusion, Pride, Honesty, Security, Creativity, High Aspirations, Resilience.