Our Reading Curriculum
In our school we recognise that without the age related development of reading skills and knowledge pupils will struggle to make the best progress possible. Therefore we have an astute focus upon reading development across our school to ensure our pupils close the learning gap and becoming fluent, confident and strong readers ready for their next educational stage.
We follow the validated programme for the teaching of phonics - Read, Write, Inc. and are presently involved in an English Teaching Hub project to ensure this is implemented effectively across the school.
As part of this programme your child will receive a phonetically plausible book to come home and in addition they may receive targeted one to one intervention.
Our reading scheme has been completely overhauled since September 2018. We now use a progressive scheme which is linked to the age related outcomes for each child. We moved away from the old national curriculum’s colour banding approach and instead use a progressive scheme that enables children right up to Year 6 to access age appropriate, high quality texts.
Reading for Pleasure
We encourage all children to select texts to read for pleasure, which are both age related and age interest. These are available in our high quality reading corners and our new Harry Potter themed library that is available to every class and open at lunchtime too.
Texts across the Curriculum
Our entire curriculum is supported using a text based approach with a clear progressive reading spine taught to the children across the curriculum. Every year children are taught through ‘core texts’ and these are read by the entire class and used to engage across the curriculum.
Explicit Teaching of Reading
All staff have received training in the Jane Consodine approach to the teaching of reading and this is implemented across school to enable children to make the best progress possible.
In Time for Twos, Nursery and Reception, the children are taught the initial stages of phonics before progression onto the RWI scheme. The children also have selected a set of ‘Fantastic 5’ books - these are stories that the children in each class love and want to learn. This is in addition to learning traditional tales and Nursery rhymes with an astute focus on the repetition of vocabulary to enhance the children’s vocabulary.
Additional Bespoke Interventions
We have a dedicated HLTA who targets children with gaps in reading development and uses a variety of interventions to close the gap following assessments of needs including:
- One to One Phonics Tuition
- Fresh Start Phonics
In addition from November 2021, we shall be taking advantage of the Governments Tuition Programme and shall be employing a Tutor who will be focussing upon the early reading strategy.