READING AND PHONICS INTENT
At Ingleton C of E Primary School, we value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. Reading is at the heart of our curriculum and we strongly promote reading for pleasure, both at home and at school, aspiring for all children to have a love of all things reading. To celebrate children’s achievements in reading and phonics we dedicate time within our weekly collective worship, encourage children to fill their reading bookmark in exchange for rewards and a book, as well as children in Upper Key Stage 2 having the opportunity to take home the reading suitcase to share a book of their choice and hot chocolate with an adult at home. We strive to develop children’s confidence and resilience through our English curriculum. We believe reading is key for academic success and so to ensure we have a holistic approach to the teaching of reading, we implement the following.
At Ingleton C of E Primary School, we use a synthetic phonics programme called ‘Read Write Inc’ produced by Ruth Miskin. Read Write Inc is a method of learning letter sounds and blending them together to read and write words. As part of this, children have daily phonics sessions in small groups where they participate in speaking, listening and spelling activities that are matched to their developing needs. The teachers draw upon observations and continuous assessment to ensure children are stretched and challenged and to identify children who may need additional support; with these children receiving three times per week one to one phonics interventions. Children work through the different phases, learning and developing their phonics sounds and knowledge.
READ WRITE INC PHONICS
If you wish to find out more about the Read Write Inc scheme their website has a variety of useful videos and information for parents.
These include videos / presentations about:
- Understanding Phonics.
- What is Read Write Inc Phonics.
- How to say the sounds.
- Why read to your child?
- The Phonic Screening Check ……………and much more. Please just click on the link below:
We are very lucky to have a wide range of reading books in our new school library. All children from Pre-School to Year 6 choose a reading book to take home and this reading book is changed weekly. For our upper Key Stage Two children, who are reading lengthier books, these are changed as and when required. In addition to our new school library, children in Year 2 to Year 6 have access to Accelerated Reader which the school has recently purchased. This is aimed to promote a love of reading whilst assessing children’s reading skills at the same time.
EYFS / Key Stage 1 Home Reading Books (Pre-School – Year 2)
Children in Reception and Year 1, who are not yet accessing the Accelerated Reader programme, will work through our school reading scheme – these are levelled books which match the children’s current reading age and phonics ability. We encourage family at home to read these books with their child regularly and make comments in their child’s reading record. Children progress through the reading levels is again closely tracked and once the reach the higher levels of the KS1 reading scheme they are moved onto the Accelerated reader program which enables us to match them on the correct level books whilst also tracking their comprehension of what they read.
Teachers also complete regular Read Write Inc. assessments and plot children onto a tracking grid, which ensures children are grouped appropriately in phonics.
Parent support is much appreciated in improving reading and parents can help by listening to their child/children read regularly. We ask that parents sign and write a very short comment in their child’s reading record each time they hear them read. Children are rewarded with stickers every time they read and when they reach a certain number of stickers the children will receive a reward in collective worship.
- 25 stickers = a certificate
- 50 stickers = a pencil
- 75 stickers = a badge
- 100 stickers = a book of their choice.
Once on the Accelerated Reader program children earn points for reading different books and are rewarded when they hit their targets.
Key Stage 2 Independent Reading Books (Year 3 – Year 6)
From Year 2 (KS1) onwards, children use the Accelerated Reader program to track progress and encourage them to read. Teachers plan time for children in Years 2-6 to be tested using the Accelerated Reader program. Once children have completed reading an AR book, they must take an online quiz. When children have completed 3 quizzes and scored 85% or higher, they then move onto the next level. Teachers must assess children regularly against the Reading Key Performance Indicators (in Years 2-6). Online Star tests identify children’s current reading levels and guide children to choosing books at an appropriate level. These regular assessments inform planning and allow teachers to identify any gaps in learning.
Children take part in weekly Guided Reading sessions, both in small groups and as a whole class, where children are exposed to a range of different texts and can demonstrate their understanding and thinking behind these. In addition to this, children have daily individual reading session, either independently or reading to a member of staff.
Question stems and learning objectives are used to inform questions based on the class text and a series of reading questions relating to the VIPERS, appropriate to the guided reading text are carefully planned.
- A list of linked vocabulary which appears in the class text is also taught.
- Each classroom will have a selection of books, both fiction and non-fiction, in their classroom which are directly linked with the class topic. This offers opportunities for the children to apply their reading skills across the curriculum.
- Children are read to each day by their class teacher. These story times texts have been mapped out in accordance to their age, interests, curriculum links and classic literature.
- Weekly, children have the opportunity to take part in ‘Reading Buddies’, in which children mix with other children from different year groups and share a book together.
- By the time children leave Ingleton C of E they are competent readers who can recommend books to their peers, have a thirst for reading a range of genres including poetry, and participate in discussions about books, including evaluating an author’s use of language and the impact this can have on the reader.
The School’s Literacy Coordinators are given 3x planning days per year, in addition to their PPA, to plan the School’s reading and phonics curriculum.
Our New Key Stage 2 Library
Through the teaching of systematic phonics, our aim is for children to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One. This way, children can focus on developing their fluency and comprehension as they move through the school. Attainment in reading is measured using the statutory assessments at the end of Key Stage One and Two. These results are measured against the reading attainment of children nationally. Attainment in phonics is measured by the Phonics Screening Test at the end of Year 1. However, we firmly believe that reading is the key to all learning and so the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the results of the statutory assessments. We give all children the opportunity to enter the magical worlds that books open up to them. We promote reading for pleasure as part of our reading curriculum. Children are encouraged to develop their own love of genres and authors and to review their books objectively. This enhances a deep love of literature across a range of genres, cultures and styles.
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