Reading

A quote from English writer Jeanette Winterson sums up our approach to reading perfectly:

'Teach a child to read and keep that child reading and you will change everything. And I mean everything.'

We place significant emphasis upon the development of basic skills and we aim for every child to be reading fluently and with high levels of understanding by the age of 7.  Many of our children achieve this even earlier.

How We Teach Early Reading

We use Read Write Inc. Phonics which is a complete literacy programme for 3 to 6 year olds that are learning to read and write.  The programme uses synthetic phonics to teach reading and it covers all of the National Curriculum requirements for literacy and language. 

This approach:

  • Gets children decoding and comprehending quickly.  The special 'three reads' approach ensures that all children gain accuracy, fluency and a good understanding of the text.
  • Ensures children read storybooks and non-fiction books matched to their growing phonic knowledge.
  • Leaves no child behind.   Initial and on-going assessment to track every child's progress.
  • Prevents downtime.  Direct teaching followed by partner practice means that every child participates in the whole lesson.

We begin using Read Write Inc. when our pupils are in nursery and they start by learning the first 30 sounds in short, daily sessions.  When pupils move into reception year, they begin to read storybooks and non-fiction books that are closely matched to their developing phonic knowledge.  The sessions are lively and interactive and our pupils make rapid progress.  They begin to write confidently and learn to spell using sounds that they know.  Their progress is assessed at the end of every half term and they are grouped according to the level they are working at.  This ensures that teaching is always focused precisely on what pupils need and the pace of learning is fast.  If we are ever concerned about a child's progress in reading, we provide 1:1 intervention to address this and accelerate their progress.  These sessions are delivered by highly skilled support staff who have received specific Read Write Inc. 1:1 intervention training.

We have experienced considerable success using the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme since we introduced the programme in September 2017.  In 2012 the Department for Education introduced a national test for reading that all pupils in Year 1 across the country take to establish whether they are achieving the expected level.  As the following data shows, our results in this screening check are consistently higher than the national average:

The teaching of reading does not stop when children complete the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme. The skills of reading comprehension are a considerable focus of the Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language programme that children begin when they complete Read Write Inc. phonics.

We provide facilities for our pupils to enjoy books at different times throughout the day.  All our classes have their own reading areas with comfortable seating and a god variety of age appropriate texts.

Next Steps? Fresh Start!

Most pupils complete the RWI Phonics programme by the end of Year 1 and are ready to progress to the next stage of their learning.  Read Write Inc. Fresh Start begins during Year 2 and continues until Year 6 and is a complete literacy programme matched to the new curriculum. 

Features of the programme:

  • Gives every child a deep understanding of what they read.  Complete texts from leading authors are introduced using the special 'three reads' approach.
  • Fully prepares every child for writing.  The teacher models planning, drafting and revising texts.  Children mirror this process.
  • Teaches grammar in context.  This enables children to apply grammar concepts to their own writing.
  • Supports the grammar and punctuation aspects of the Key Stage 1 and 2 statutory assessments.  It includes practice tests to build children's confidence.
  • Creates articulate speakers.  Children learn how to debate and present.

How to help your child to read

We have produced lots of information booklets and guidance  for our families to enable them to help us on our journey in teaching children to read.

Parental understanding a support is invaluable so our workshops and presentation evening will help to deepen understanding and ensure our partnership is strong.

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