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At Gilded Hollins we use the Soundswrite approach to the teaching of phonics. Teachers and Learning Support Assistants are trained for five consecutive days in how to deliver the programme. Soundswrite sessions take place on a daily basis in Key Stage One. Linked to Soundswrite is the Dandelion scheme of books that support each of the sounds learned. For further details please see the Reading Scheme page under the 'Our Curriculum' tab.


To encourage our pupils to read for 15 minutes daily we also run a reading reward scheme, the latest of which (Autumn Term 2017) is entitled Journey to the Jurassic:

Reading: It is a national expectation that your child reads for 15 minutes every day. Reading is like any skill and practice makes perfect. To encourage our children to read we will be launching on Monday 18th September our ‘Journey to the Jurassic’. The competition will run along the same lines as last year’s Race to Rio and Boeing to Bimma. Air miles can be collected for reading for 15 minutes five times each week (a maximum of 25 miles weekly). Weekends can be set aside as time to catch up should any weekdays be missed.

How it works - Each time a pupil brings their planner signed by an adult to confirm they have completed their 15 minute daily read they will be awarded five air miles. These are recorded in class. As the days and weeks progress each pupil’s total number of air miles will accrue. Once a reader has reached 150 air miles they will win a coveted Scolosaurus badge to wear proudly around school. Daily reading checks will be carried out by volunteers chosen to be Passport Controllers. At some point each day, readers with signed evidence will show it to Passport Control as proof of their reading, and their planners will be stamped accordingly to indicate that day’s air miles have been awarded.