Learning to Read
Learning to read is one of the most important things that a child will learn to do at Dukesgate Academy.
We use Oxford Reading Tree as our main reading scheme.
Phonics & Early Reading
We teach phonics daily using Letters and Sounds, a scheme which enables children to learn how to decode words quickly and develop skills in tackling unfamiliar words; this is sometimes known as synthetic phonics.
Once your child has learnt how to read the words, they will still learn new vocabulary, but the emphasis will shift towards developing skills of comprehension. We aim to foster a love of reading, so our children always have the opportunity to listen to good stories read to them by adults or older children in school on a daily basis. We also have a well stocked library and the school has links with our local library too.