Reading is at the heart of the curriculum. Through choosing quality texts, we want pupils to develop a love of reading and a good knowledge of a range of authors, and be able to understand more about the world in which they live, through the knowledge they’ve gained from texts.
Reading is at the heart of our curriculum. We recognise and value the importance of developing confident readers with a love of reading, in all its forms. We passionately believe in children hearing authors and illustrators talk about the craft of writing and illustrating and strive to provide as many opportunities as possible for this to happen, especially through visits to our school and through 'book week' each year. Each class celebrates a children's author or illustrator each half term with an 'author study.'
Staff enthusiasm for reading and knowledge of classic and current children’s literature is also a high priority. Our annual book week each year is the perfect opportunity for each year group to explore different traditional tales from different cultures. Beyond the English lesson, children are exposed to and immersed in a wide range of stories, poems and other texts through book events and story-time. Book corners celebrate our reading culture and offer a cosy book nook in each class. Our school library has recently been re-designed to become the heart of the school with a wide range of books for each age range.
Read, Write, Inc. Phonics is an inclusive literacy programme for all children learning to read. It is aimed at children reading at Level 2b or below and teaches synthetic phonics. Children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and how to blend them to read and spell. The scheme includes both a reading and a writing focus.
The aims of RWInc are to teach children to:
Foundation Stage: RWinc is fully implemented in Reception but the class will not be split into groups until the initial sounds have been taught. Once the sounds have been taught assessments will take place to determine groupings.
Key Stage One: RWInc groups will be set following assessments carried out by the KS1 co-ordinator. The sessions will occur daily for 1 hour. These sessions will replace literacy teaching from the Literacy Framework with a 10 minute Speed Sounds session. Once children ‘come off’ the programme they will then access literacy sessions in line with the reading and writing policy. Sessions will take place daily from 10.45-11.45
Key Stage Two: RWInc groups will take the form of an intervention during literacy sessions for those children with the greatest need in Year 3/4. In Year 5/6 the ‘Fresh Start’ Programme will be implemented as an intervention.
Year 2-6 Whole Class Guided Reading
Whole class guided reading is a teacher led session to build understanding and comprehension. In whole class guided reading sessions, children are given the same core text and asked to practice a specific reading skill. This moves away from the traditional carousel allowing more teaching time for every child. This approach ensured that all children receive continual instruction and support and all children are exposed to high quality literature.
By the end of Key Stage 1, our children are able to:
Reading continues to be prioritised through a whole class approach as quality core texts are used as a stimulus. The chosen texts link reading and writing together, creating dynamic English lessons, that inspire quality writing.
In our daily guided reading sessions, children are presented with suitably challenging texts that are used to enable our children to build on their comprehension skills, whilst also building up their stamina and pace, in an age-appropriate way.
By the end of Key Stage 2, our children have to been taught to:
Developing and Instilling a Love of Reading
Developing and instilling a love of reading is of paramount importance in our school. Our children are exposed to a diverse range of quality reading materials; they are provided with opportunities to read across all subjects, in the curriculum, and are given time to read for enjoyment, as part of their guided reading sessions.
We firmly believe that our families play a crucial role in the development of reading; therefore, we have fostered a strong home-school partnership, by using reading diaries as a tool for communication between class teachers and parents.