Reading and phonics

Reading Schemes

We teach reading primarily through phonics and guided reading sessions. In foundation stage and key stage one all children have daily phonics sessions which are delivered in ability groups. Recently we have completely overhauled our phonics provision and now teach using 'Read, Write, Inc' materials and methods. Children in KS2 who still require phonics support also continue with these. In every class from reception upward a daily guided read session is held which is a group session where children read and discuss with a teacher or undertake focused ‘reading workshop’ activities. In addition to these some children have individual reading with an adult throughout the week to enable them to make accelerated progress. Home reading books and library books are banded using the book banding colour system. Home reading books can be changed as often as needed by children and parents and the reading diary is completed to record this. There is a weekly acknowledgment of and reward for children who have read at least 5 times during the week. The use or the library as a lending resource for home reading is in development. We also have some year 6 peer readers who read with younger children at lunchtime.

The scheme we use for phonics is Read Write Inc.

The main reading scheme that we use in KS1 is Oxford Reading Tree with some Read Write Inc. books used as appropriate in addition to phonics sessions.

Oxford reading tree is used for individual readers at earlier stages of reading

Project x resources are used for guided reading

All alongside real books banded at ability levels.

Home reading

All children have a home reading book from the scheme or a 'free' reader. They should change this as often as possible from the home reading section inside the library. Children who read at home at least 5 times each week may wear their own clothes on Fridays.

All children can also borrow books from our library to read at home. These are free choice and are borrowed on a card system.

We are currently implementing a new reading system called 'accelerated reader' which will allow children to access online quizzes for books they have read.