Reading and Phonics
Our Reading Ethos
At Penpol School, we recognise that reading is a vital life skill and one which makes the world an altogether more remarkable place. We are absolutely committed to supporting each and every one of our pupils to learn to read and to love to read.
Throughout the EYFS and KS1 we follow the Read, Write, Inc. Phonics and Reading programme where the children have daily phonics and reading sessions. The children are grouped according to how secure they are on each set of sounds. Regular assessments inform our groupings, which ensures that pupils will always be in the group most appropriately challenging for them.
Read Write Inc. Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.
Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes.
They experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.
Guided Reading is one method we use to teach reading in our school, in addition to 1:1 reading, phonics, paired and shared reading. It takes place daily, outside of the English lesson. Children are grouped with others reading at a similar level of attainment. The teacher reads with a small guided reading group each day, whilst the remaining pupils are each engaged in a carousel of follow-up reading or writing activities that they complete independently. Throughout the year, the teacher will plan for a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, supporting pupils to drive progress in their reading competence and confidence.
In each reading session, the teacher uses a variety of questioning to develop the children’s comprehension reading skills. This is also an opportunity for the teacher to give individual support and to assess each child’s progress and needs.
In Upper Key Stage 2, pupils move towards a whole-class approach to guided reading activities where appropriate, supporting more in-depth focus upon particular reading strategies and question types.
To support the individual reading journey of pupils from Years 3-6, we use the Accelerated Reader programme. This makes use of regular iPad quizzes which allow pupils to autonomously challenge their comprehension skills.
The Accelerated Reader system incorporates a huge range of fantastic children’s titles from the vast majority of publishers. This allows us to stock our school library with high-quality texts, organised by level of challenge. Across the year, children will take a ‘Star Reader Test’ which identifies an appropriate range from which a child should select their next great read, ensuring that each child has access to challenging yet accessible texts which interest them.
Reading at Home
The most powerful way that you can support your child’s learning at home is by reading fantastic stories with them as often as you can and by supporting them to read daily, wherever possible.
For early readers, this may well involve listening to them read out loud. When they are more confident, they may choose to read in their heads which should not be discouraged. However they read, your questioning and discussion around the text is vital as it is this which supports development of deeper comprehension skills.
If you would like any further advice or guidance regarding reading at home, please do not hesitate to get in touch with any member of the team.
The Penpol Times
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