The prime approach to Reading is through systematic synthetic phonics. Children are taught to read through learning the sounds of each letter and segment and blending them together. They will learn digraphs and alternative spellings of these in order to help them read independently.
Phonics- Letters and Sounds
The teaching of phonic skills is embedded within English teaching in each Year Group. Additional provision is made each day in our Whole School Letters and Sounds/ SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar). Each session comprises of “word-level” work, focusing on oral phonological skills, sight vocabulary, and phonics. In each session children are also explicitly shown how to apply their developing skills to text and how to apply these to their writing.
In Year One the children undertake a Phonics Screening test, where they read a mixture of 40 real and non-real words. Children in Year Two and Year 6 Six will complete a SPAG test in May/June.Guided Reading
Children read a variety of texts and extracts in small groups to their teacher in school on a weekly basis. Children are grouped for reading according to ability and read at an appropriate level. Guided-reading records are kept for each reading group, in which a learning focus and progress notes are noted. They carry out comprehension activities around their reading experiences.
Regular shared reading takes place across the curriculum where pupils are encouraged to listen, discuss, re-enact and develop their own ideas in co-operation with others. Classes share a text every day to encourage reading for pleasure.
Throughout the school each child chooses a levelled book to share at home. In this way children are encouraged read a variety of books including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. This exposes them to different authors and styles of writing. Each child has a WOW book, where dates, titles of books read are recorded and parents are expected to add comments. The reading diary acts as a contact between all who hear the child read, and is an important link with home.
They are assessed regularly and groupings and colour bands are adjusted when necessary.
Each class has an opportunity each week to visit the school library where library skills are taught and developed. Children can choose a book to read at their leisure.