Our school’s approach to Reading
In reading we aim to enable pupils to:
- become fluent, independent and enthusiastic readers who can read using a variety of strategies and for a range of purposes.
- read with enjoyment and perceive reading as an activity which is a source of both pleasure and information.
- read critically, evaluating what they find in written texts encouraging them to share their responses with others.
- understand the layout and how to use different types of books.
- understand and respond to literature drawn from the English literary heritage and from other cultures.
- have access to a wide range of reading materials and help them to develop the ability to select appropriately according to their purpose.
We aim to develop, through our teaching of reading, the following attitudes:
- curiosity and interest
- pleasure and sensitivity
- critical appraisal
- respect for other views and cultures
- reading with other children
- reading with an adult
- shared reading
- guided reading
- reading aloud
- independent reading
Early Phonics - How we teach Reading
Learning to read is the most important thing that your child will learn at school. All other learning depends upon it so we work hard to ensure that children learn to read quickly and efficiently. We use the Read Write Inc phonics programme to teach reading skills in Early Years - Nursery and Reception. The children's core reading books and guided reading actvities are linked to the phonics being taught.
Reading is taught systematically by using a synthetic phonics approach so that children can tackle new words by blending sounds. Children learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well. We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters.
The children also practise reading (and spelling) what we call ‘tricky words’, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’. The children practise their reading with books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. They start thinking that they can read and this does wonders for their confidence.
The teachers read to the children, too, so the children get to know all sorts of stories, poetry and information books. They learn many more words this way and it also helps their writing.
We use Read Write inc. as our core phonics scheme in Early Years and Year 1. In addition we use Oxford Reading Tree, Floppy Phonics, supplemented by Oxford Songbirds and Treetops. As the children progress they are offered a wider variety of texts, including a rich variety of high quality fiction and non fiction books.
We use various ways to find out how the children are getting on in reading. We use the information to decide what reading group they should be in. Your child will work with children who are at the same reading level as him or her. Children will move to a different group if they are making faster progress than the others. Your child will have one-to-one support if we think he or she needs some extra help to keep up.
- KS1 - Top Ten Tips for Reading at Home.pdf
- Questions to ask your child when reading with them.pdf
- Reading at home Read, Write, Phonics - Booklet 1.pdf
- Reading at home - Read, Write, Inc Phonics - Booklet 2.pdf
- Year 1 Questions for Reading Bookmark Question Cards.pdf
- Year 2 Questions for Reading Bookmark Question Cards.pdf
By the end of Y2 your child should be able to read aloud with some fluency books that are the right level for his or her age. At the end of Y1 children take a National Phonics check which is an indicator of how well they are progressing in their phonics acquisition. At the end of Y2 their reading skills - both decoding and comprehension are tested in SATS.
In Y 3 and 4 we concentrate more on helping children to understand what they are reading and be critical readers.
Additional group or individual support is provided in all year groups for children who need reinforcement.
Independent and Home Reading - How parents can help
All children are expected to read from books which have been selected with them from school. These books are from our reading schemes and also from our classroom selection of fiction and non-fiction books. In addition children are encouraged to read from books they have chosen at home.
We encourage parents to read with their children every day until they are able to read independently and fluently.
Even when children are fluent readers, parents are asked to hear their child read and discuss the text with them as often as they can but at least weekly.
We ask that parents write a brief comment in their child’s Reading Record Book when they hear their child read, focusing on their child’s progress and give praise at every opportunity.
Children are also encouraged to keep a log of their reading as an aid for discussion with staff. Children in KS1 and 2 enjoy taking part in different Reading Challenges, gaining certificates and trophies for participation.
Parents are also encouraged to use the record book to make comments about their discussions/a note of any word/phrase which children did not understand which they could refer back to at a later stage etc.
We also encourage parents to keep reading to their children even after he or she has learned to read independently. This way they learn from a good role model how to read with fluency and expression. Children also see that reading is valued and pleasurable.
- KS2 - Top Ten Tips for Reading at Home.pdf
- More Reading Questions.pdf
- Year 3 Reading Suggestions.pdf
- Year 4 Reading Suggestions.pdf
Children continue to develop their reading skills e.g. during guided reading their teacher will ask a range of questions
Why do you think...?
How do you think....?
What does this word/phrase/sentence tell you about the character/setting/mood?
By writing in this way, what effect has the author created?
What other words/phrases could the author have used here?