Approach to Teaching Reading
Foundation/Key Stage 1
In Foundation and Key Stage 1 children first learn their letter sounds and names then apply these to word blending for reading. We use Read Write Inc (RWI) to teach phonics. This is a recognised, rigorous synthetic phonics scheme. Children are introduced to the initial letter sounds in Foundation Stage.
Children are regularly assessed and then grouped to receive the appropriate teaching for their phonic knowledge. As part of RWI children read individually, in small groups and as a whole class. The books studied are strongly linked to their phonic knowledge. The books include a variety of different genres. Once this book has been read three times in school the children then take this book and a book bag book home to read.
Children take home a levelled book according to their ability and stage of Read Write Inc (RWI). All Book Bag Books include notes for parents and carers on how to help their child at home with phonics. Children who no longer need phonics lessons will take home a book from a banded selection appropriate to their reading ability and join a whole class guided reading lesson. Parents log their child's reading on Go Read so we can monitor who is reading at home.
Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2 children take part in daily guided reading sessions using a whole class approach using longer texts often loaned from the library. As part of these sessions, children complete short comprehension and text-based activities within reading journals. Children also enjoy a class novel which is read to them for pleasure . Extra provision is made for children who require support through intervention programmes and differentiated class teaching.
In Key Stage 2 children choose books to take home and read from a home reading library. Those children who still require a more structured approach to reading may still access RWI Phonics or Fresh Start (in years 5/6) and be set books appropriate to their reading level. We still encourage all readers to share a book at home with their grown-ups at least three times per week. We believe that this not only helps to develop inferential skills, but also supports a lifelong love of reading.