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Reading

          

Learn together what it is to be an effective reader,

grow together as we develop the will and skills to be lifelong readers

Curriculum Intent

Reading is such an important life skill, and it is at the heart of everything we do. Our staff agrees that we are aiming for the same endpoint - children who enjoy reading, read widely and often and have age-appropriate fluency, prosody (pitch, stress and timing) and comprehension.  Our reading curriculum is designed to provide a balanced and engaging approach to developing reading skills, which include both decoding and comprehension.  We are a CLPE Associate School and our focus on high quality texts helps excite and engage children and develops resilience and stamina for reading.

Curriculum Implementation

All staff have a clear and ambitious vision for providing high quality teaching of reading.

  • Rigorous, sequential approach to teaching reading
  • Reading materials closely matched to children’s phonic knowledge
  • Reading attainment - assessed - gaps addressed quickly and effectively
  • Sharp focus on phonics knowledge and language comprehension which are necessary to read and give children the skills to communicate - foundations for future learning
  • Teacher’s own speaking, listening, writing and reading of English, supports children in developing their language and vocabulary

Oracy in all subjects

Our curriculum design allows for as many speaking opportunities as possible as our teachers understand that speaking and listening are at the heart of language.  Not only are they the foundations for reading and writing, they are also essential skills for thinking and communication.  Our teachers are role models for good spoken English, using ambitious vocabulary and correct grammar.  Children are encouraged to read aloud, discuss ideas with their peers and teachers, engage with and learn new vocabulary to extend their spoken and receptive vocabulary.

Phonics 

Systematic Synthetic Phonics is the foundation which allows young readers to learn the sounds progressively, access simple texts and engage in early reading. 

All of our staff have completed accredited Letters & Sounds training. We use the Little Wandle Revised Systematic Synthetic Phonics programme.  Please follow this link  to find resources that will help you support your child with saying their newly learned sounds.  You will also find some useful videos showing how your child is taught at school.  We hope this will help you feel confident about supporting their reading at home. 

As each sound is taught, the children begin to segment (sound out) and blend (put the letters together to make words) so they can read and write.  As soon as a child is taught “s, a, t, p, i n etc, they will learn to segment and blend the letters to read and write the words sat, sit pin, pat, tap tin. 

Lessons take place daily in Reception and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2), with “Keep Up” and support sessions in place to help children who may need more support. Alongside the letter sounds, the children are also introduced to “tricky” words, words which have to be learnt rather than spelt out. The children continue this journey in Year 1 as they revise previously taught phonemes (sounds) and graphemes (ways of writing the sounds) and learn a range of alternative ones. Children who need extra support may be invited to Early Morning Phonics, Early Morning Reading or may receive 1:1 Literary support or be included in small group work.

In June, the children in Year 1 are tested on their phonics in a National Phonics Screening check.  This is a check of 20 real words and 20 alien words.  Parents will receive their child’s results with their end of term Report. Our school results are listed here and at the bottom of this page, together with the national and RBK results.

In Year 2, the pupils revise previously taught phonemes (sounds) and graphemes (ways of writing the sounds) and learn a range of new ones. Children who do not meet the expected standard in the Year 1 National Phonics Screening, are expected to repeat it in Year 2.

Guided reading, shared reading, 1:1 reading, whole-class reading

Our curriculum provides reading opportunities in all areas of learning.  Reading skills are explicitly taught through group reading sessions, shared or 1:1 reading, according to the needs of the child.  Until children are secure in Phase 5 of the Little Wandle SSP (Systematic Synthetic Phonics) Programme, books are chosen carefully to match each child’s phonic and reading ability.   

Our library is used by all the children and has been stocked with a diverse range of high quality texts to engage all readers.

We fill our days with stories, poetry and rhyme.  We aim for a 5-a-day approach to reading.  Each class has a poem at the beginning of the day, a special story time at the end of the day, as well as many opportunities for whole class reading throughout the day. The children read instructions, look at books related to their learning, read the day and the date on the board, refer to the class visual timetable, access labelled resources etc and read text from the Interactive White Board.  

Comprehension and Prosody

We understand the importance of developing the skills of comprehension and prosody as well as the decoding and tricky word reading skills.  This ensures that children learn to read and comprehend at the same speed, develop an enjoyment of a variety of books and learn to love reading.  We teach this skill through reading to and with the children regularly.

We teach the children to read, so they can read to learn.

Key Stage 1 Reading Outcomes and National Phonics Screening Check

Useful Links

45 Reception Words

Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words

Looking For a Good Book? Click the links below!

CLPE Recommendations

Book Trust Great Reading Books Guide

School Reading List