Our aim is to enable pupils to become confident, successful readers through the specific teaching of the strategies and skills necessary to develop this fluency. This is provided both within the teaching of English and beyond it, through the wider curriculum, including independent, guided and shared reading.
In our youngest children, the systematic teaching of synthetic phonics, following the Letters and Sounds programme, enables them to learn the phonetic code and to apply understanding of letter sounds with the corresponding letter shapes (graphemes). Phonics teaching is a daily part of English throughout EYFS and KS1, and is used to target children throughout KS2 who may require additional support in securing these skills.
In addition to specific teaching of reading skills, pupils are given opportunities to further develop and refine their reading outside of their English lessons. Through their class library and the main school library, pupils have access to a wide range of appropriate reading material, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and play-scripts, and also through ICT programs and resources. A variety of reading scheme materials and ‘real books’ are used to support the children’s reading development, including Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Fire Flies, Floppy’s Phonics and Reading Explorers.
At KS2, children follow the “Accelerated Reader” program that enables teachers to ensure children are given the correct reading material. Children choose their books in relation to the ZPD that they have been assessed at. They work through a variety of comprehension quizzes to support their reading skills and development.
The home reading programme also forms a vital component of our school’s approach; with parents being encouraged and supported in taking an active role in the development of their child’s reading. We encourage frequent dialogue between school and home, which helps to keep parents informed and actively involves them in their child’s learning.