Teaching of Reading
Considerable emphasis is placed upon children’s use and understanding of language through writing and reading. Creativity and imagination are encouraged while at the same time handwriting, spelling and overall presentation are essential elements of the English curriculum that cross into other subjects.
English is taught within the Primary Framework for Literacy.
Parent Reading Guidance
Approaches to Reading
All classes participate in shared reading, guided reading and independent reading Phonics is taught on a daily basis following a systematic and consistent approach. We follow Letters and Sounds with the support of Read Write Inc materials. Children are placed into small groups according to our end of term phonological awareness assessments. The class teacher has overall responsibility for the teaching of reading within their class. However, most teaching assistants are trained to deliver phonics.
Guided Reading Every child from Reception to Year 6 takes part in a guided reading session on a weekly basis. During this session the children read and respond to a challenging text with the teacher supporting. Texts are carefully chosen and matched to the reading ability of the group. It is intended that guided reading provides a forum for children to demonstrate what they have learned and to develop further with comprehension skills. Guided reading schemes have been purchased to target specific groups of children e.g. Project X, to engage boys, Floppy Phonics to support children who make little progress with phonics and Pelican, to encourage general knowledge and understanding of non-narrative text.
Individual Reading The reading diary which provides a link between home and school, is taken home every day and parents are encouraged to listen to children read. All staff listen to children read on a weekly basis. In the Autunm Term, reading support sessions are held for parents, in Nursery and Reception class.
There is a school library which has a wide variety of books. Some children in Key Stage 1 receive daily 1:1 reading sessions and are assessed using Better Reading Partnership and participate in reading strategies such as Reading Revival.
Reading guidance, leaflets, and free website addresses giving access to reading materials can be found on the website.