Reading and Phonics
"Teachers use relevant and engaging books to successfully stimulate pupils' imagination... Reading is strongly promoted throughout the school" OFSTED 2015
Key Stage 1
Guided reading takes place each day and children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 will read to the teacher, either as part of a group, or individually, every week. Each child is given a ‘Reading Record’ for use at school and home, and this becomes a valuable vehicle for communication about reading between teachers and parents. Every child takes a book home each day and these texts are organised into levels of difficulty shown by colour bands. Children move through the colour bands as they progress through the Key Stage. Children may need more support with their reading and can be moved onto the highly structured ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ scheme if appropriate.We are passionate about instilling all of our pupils with a love of reading, and just as research suggests, we know that reading for pleasure will have a positive impact on children’s achievement. Our aim is to inspire children and enable them to become confident and enthusiastic readers. They are encouraged to engage with a wide range of texts in school, for example, by accessing a range of high-quality books in book corners, visiting our extensive school libraries, and taking part in Guided Reading. We have a close relationship with the local library and children visit, take part in reading challenges and listen to assemblies led by staff from Morden Library. We are also fortunate to benefit from many ‘Parent Readers’ who regularly volunteer their time to listen to children read.
In order to decode words by sounds and offer children a robust strategy by which to access texts, children take part in daily Phonics sessions from Nursery – Year 2. Children are taught the letters (graphemes) that represent particular sounds, and as a result, can ‘sound out’ words to read them. The reading and spelling of ‘Key Words’ (or high-frequency words), which are not phonetically decodable, also forms part of this session. Teachers deliver these lessons in age-appropriate, fun and engaging ways, making use of a range of schemes, for example, Jolly Phonics, Ruth Miskin’s Read, Write, Inc., Letters and Sounds etc.
In the Summer term of Year 1, all children will undertake a Phonics Screen. If children do not meet the national required standard, they will receive further support and intervention (during Guided Reading sessions) and re-take the screen at the end of Year 2. For those children that need additional support as they move into Key Stage 2, a further structured phonics intervention programme is put in place (Read, Write, Inc.).