TEACHING OF READING
At Rowlands Gill, we believe reading is key to the curriculum and a hugely important life skill.
On entry, children are taught to read through a systematic and structured approach based around Read Write Inc. Phonics.
Phonics is taught to Reception and Key Stage One on a daily basis. Children are grouped according to their phonic knowledge and delivered appropriate sounds in a small group situation. These groups are assessed, and amended according on a six-week cycle.
From this initial starting point the children then go on to read a range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, to give breadth and balance in developing their independent reading skills.
In addition, and to enable children to become confident readers with a love of reading, we have a variety of initiatives in place across the school:
- Key Stage Two Whole class reading comprehension – as the children develop their basic reading skills and become more fluent whole class lessons with a reading comprehension focus look at, for example, inference and deduction. These are teacher led lessons
- Reading Plus – an online, individually tailored reading program used by Year 6 pupils.
- Quality Texts are used to drive our English curriculum. This is in a bid to instil a love for reading but also present pupils with the opportunity to learn from published authors.
- Key Authors – Each class have a key author. This is to help children to become familiar with an author’s style, which can then be mirrored in their own writing.
- School libraries – we have a school library. Children in Key Stage Two have two books. A ‘free reader’ (their own choice) and a book pitched at their reading level. In Key Stage One and Reception children have an ability appropriate reading books which is taken home daily.
Nursery children love their reading too. They learn about sounds all around them, sounds of the alphabet and have a very comfy ‘reading area’. Perhaps their favourite time is to listen to a story from the super collection of books that they have.
Reception children build on this work by introducing more letters and sounds and books that the children can read themselves. The reading scheme used is: Floppy’s Phonics (oxford)
These books help the children to build on the phonics work that they do in class each day.
By now, the children have a ‘home/school’ reading diary where parents and staff can share comments about reading at home and in school.
Key Stage 1
In Key stage one, the good work of Foundation Stage is continued. Reading is taught through: shared, guided and individual reading. There is also still a strong emphasis on phonics (Letters and Sounds).
The main reading scheme continues to be Oxford Reading Tree but children are not limited to these and as they progress will be reading a variety of books such as Corgi Pups/Young Corgi and a selection of books from the school library graded to the appropriate level.
The children in Key Stage One love their guided reading sessions! They read a selection of carefully graded fiction and non fiction texts in a group setting and then often have follow-up activities to work on independently.
These are our ‘core readers’, which the children can change as often as is needed depending on the ‘conversation’ in the home/school diary.
As in all key stages, we are very fortunate to have so much parental support.
The children are encouraged to read throughout the day. Another favourite is ‘fruit and book’ where the children eat their daily snack and share any reading material that they want to e.g. books, comics. children’s newspaper etc.
Each class has its own cosy reading area too.