Reading KS1 and EY
Reading is a central strand to all we do at school. We need children to be great readers and enjoy reading and the way we will instil this is by reading high quality books with and to your child.
How will my child be taught to read?
We start by teaching phonics to the children in the Reception class. This means that they learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down (see guidance below). This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well. We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters. Ask them to show you what these are.
To support this phonic acquisition children are given books for home that are using the same sound patterns that they have learnt in school.
On top of this all children are given a book banded book. This is assessed regularly and enables children to have a book closely pitched to their reading level to share at home.
The teachers read to the children, too, so the children get to know all sorts of stories, poetry and information books. They learn many more words this way and it also helps their writing.
Homework is centred on reading. We ask you to read with your child each day and read to your child for ten minutes from a book that they may not be able to read themselves. This encourages a love of books and a knowledge of language and vocabulary that they may not be able to access themself...yet!
What do the book bands mean?
We use an excellent approach to phonics called Read, Write Inc. Please see the introductory powerpoints and guidance to give you an understanding of the scheme in general.
Home reading books are also aligned to current phonic level to ensure that children are able to access books effectively.
Children in KS2 may also access phonics support in small groups or on a 1:1 basis.
Each year a phonic workshop will be held for families so that you feel confident to support your child at home. Should you have any questions please just ask your class teacher and they will be happy to support you.
Children will continue to build on their phonic foundations in KS2 through several avenues. In school we share high quality books in our curriculum approach, we share reading for pleasure with regular teacher shared reading sessions and we have quality whole class guided reading.
In whole class guided reading we share a text and work together to explore the language, features and meaning of the text (comprehension). This allows all children to build vocabulary and experience of written language which builds their confidence and understanding of the English language and its complexities. Children who may be unable to access the text independently will still have the opportunity to be part of these sessions and teachers will work to support them through pre-teaching, additional adult support and carefully selecting elements for them to focus upon.
All children will get the opportunity to read aloud in class. This will be well balanced and enable all children to build confidence and oracy skills which will help them in all areas of the curriculum and outside of school.
Children will also get home reading books based on their current age, understanding and reading fluency. We want children to not only be able to read accurately but understand the texts meaning and infer information from this. This may mean that some texts, although the children are able to read, would be unsuitable for their 'reading age'.
We encourage children to reflect back on what they have read regularly. Did they enjoy the book? Would they recommend the book? Would they want to read others by the same author? This empowers our children to begin to choose books for please and develop a love of reading that will stay with them for life.