We believe that reading should be a source of pleasure and that it is key to all learning. Reading opens the door to learning - a child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader is able to read widely and learn more. The more a child learns, the more they will want to explore the world. We encourage all children to develop a love of reading to open a world beyond our own.
In Reception and Year 1, phonics is taught daily using the Read Write Inc. programme. This programme is based on pure letter sounds as it is important that children hear and say sounds correctly. Using RWInc, children learn to read effortlessly which allows them to fully comprehend what they read. This lends itself to spelling words correctly using phonics knowledge so that children can focus on what they want to write.
Children will learn to write letters and letter groups which represent 44 sounds by saying the sounds they hear and read using Fred Talk. Children will learn to write simple sentences and compose stories based on a range of engaging prompts and scenarios.
When using Read Write Inc. to read, children will:
- learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using picture prompts. These prompts and rhymes engage children and help them to remember the different sounds and letters.
Eg: the letters a and y together are pronounced ay (two letters but one sound). The letters i and g and h together are pronounced igh (three letters but one sound). Rhymes include 'ay - may I play?'
- learn to read using Fred Talk to segment a word into it's sounds. eg: s - igh - t
- read engaging stories featuring words they have learned to sound out. Each book in the RWInc programme incorporates a range of reading, comprehension and writing activities. This enables children's learning to be reinforced and extended appropriately.
- be able to show that they comprehend stories by answering questions about them
Throughout the school, we use a structured reading scheme which uses RWInc and progresses to Oxford Reading Tree books. These books all follow our systematic approach to teaching Phonics and reading and are closely matched to children's phonics knowledge (in Early Years and KS1) and word reading and comprehension skills in Key Stage Two. As children progress, their reading level is assess carefully and matched with appropriate reading books. We have a wide range of reading material in school including a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books.
In KS2, we enourage children to have autonomy when choosing reading material which is closely matched to their fluency and comprehension skills.
Reading in school
Reading is taught regularly in school, whether through individual reading with adults or group or whole class reading.
Group guided reading provides children with opportunities to read aloud with peers and adults. Children are encouraged to practise good word reading and apply reading skills such as inference and asking questions to make sure they understand.
In KS2, whole class reading may be used to teach reading skills and allow children opportunities to formulate written responses to a text. Whole class reading also encourages children to work indepedently and have their own experience with a text when reading, forming their own opinions and ideas about a story.