Reading is at the very core of our curriculum, and we aim to provide the children with the fundamental skills they require to become avid, fluent readers.
In Nursery, we use the Letters and Sounds programme to ensure the children are ready for phonics. The emphasis is on enabling the children to become attuned to the sounds around them and develop blending and segmenting skills.
In Reception, this is continued and underpinned with core books. The children are also introduced to the Read Write Inc. phonics scheme.
In KS1, we continue to follow the Read Write Inc. scheme in order to prepare the children for their phonics screening.
Throughout the school, we encourage home-school links with reading. From nursery, children receive regular nursery rhymes to learn and practise at home.
In Reception, the children take home reading and phonics books home once a week. In Year 1 and 2, the children take home two reading books per week (changed by staff weekly). From Y3, the children choose books from their Accelerated Reader range and complete quizzes on what they have read.
Children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 receive phonics teaching every day through Read Write Inc.
All children are encouraged to take home reading books and library books to improve their skills and to share books with adults at home. Our reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree supplemented by wider readers to enable the children to experience a wide genre of books.
At the end of Year 1, the children will take the Statutory National Phonics Screening check. The phonics check is a short assessment to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will identify the children who need extra help. These children will be given extra support with their reading, and they are able to retake the check the following year in Y2.
The Phonics Screening test will take place week beginning Monday 11th June to the 15th June 2018.
Key Stage 2
In KS2 (Y3 to Y6), we have introduced the Accelerated Reader online reading program. This is a diagnostic tool which supports our existing home-school reading books. Once the children have read a book, the children complete an online quiz to gain points towards their individual targets.
Pupils are rewarded with certificates and prizes for their progress. They also complete half-termly assessments to find out how well they are progressing with their reading. More information can be found here.