The teaching of reading is an integral part of our curriculum. We believe that being able to read gives children access a wide range of information in the world around them and supports their learning and development in other areas of the curriculum. Another key aspect of our reading provision is the desire to foster a love of reading.
Early Reading and phonics
Daily phonics teaching continues in KS1 and children continue to learn new graphemes for the phonemes they already know as well as alternative pronunciations for the graphemes. In addition to this, they are taught the Common Exception Words for Year 1 and 2 set out in the National Curriculum (2014). Children continue to practise and apply their skills in Literacy and guided reading sessions. In Literacy, children are introduced to a range of age appropriate texts and authors. They are encouraged to discuss the texts and give their opinions. Teachers also model reading strategies, allowing children to apply their phonics skills and word recognition in context.
In KS1 and the Foundation Stage, children have a scheme reading book as part of their weekly homework. Our main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree but this is further supplemented by a wide range of other books. Children have a reading diary where parents and children are encouraged to respond to books read.
In KS2, children’s reading skills are further developed through using a wide range of texts including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Teachers provide children with opportunities to develop their skills such as inference and using evidence based on a class text studied in depth. Children become confident in analysing, discussing and comparing texts.
In KS2, we use ‘Accelerated Reader’ for the home reading book which provides children with access to a wide variety of books. By using Accelerated Reader, children are given a reading range and can independently select a book. Once the children have completed a book, they take a short online quiz which continually assesses their understanding of what they have read. The children also take the STAR reading test on a termly basis which assesses their progress and provides a new reading range for them so the variety of books available to them is continually changing. Teachers track children’s progress using the quizzes and STAR reader test. Children complete a 15miniute ‘Relaxed Read’ session each day where they can read their own choice of book and this allows staff to support and work with individual children.