At PCA a wide range of phonics resources/schemes and reading schemes are used in order to ensure children are introduced to a variety of genres including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
PCA follows the synthetics phonics scheme, Jolly Phonics but also uses many of the resources and activities suggested in Letters and Sounds. Children also use the Rapid Phonics Scheme and have twice weekly phonics lessons to support their understanding of the English system and to support their reading.
Children are assessed using PM Benchmark and then follow the recommended colour codes. A range of schemes can be found within each colour as many children can be on a certain colour for a long time and therefore need a wide breadth of material. These schemes include: Oxford Reading Tree (Wrens, Songbirds, Stories, Floppy’s Phonics, Treetops and Playscripts), Oxford Poems, Oxford Fact Finders, Alphablocks, Dandelion Launchers, Ginn 360 Plays, Collins Big Cat fiction and non-fiction and Project X in addition to DK readers in KS3 and a large wealth of popular fiction books and non-fiction books for ‘free’ readers.
Electronic books are also allocated to children through their phonics and class teachers using active primary (bug club) and rapid phonics. Each child receives their own password and log in and can access these on mobile devices in school and at home.