At Lady K Primary School we see reading as an integral part of the school curriculum that impacts on all learning. We value the importance of being a confident reader and work hard to develop children’s reading skills. We want children to enjoy reading a wide range of different books and be able to talk about books and authors.
We teach reading from Foundation Stage (Nursery) to Year 6. This can be in the form of one-to-one reading with an adult, shared reading, guided reading sessions and independent reading. In Foundation and Key Stage 1 we teach synthetic phonics using ‘Letters and Sounds’. We also use a range of other reading schemes to broaden children’s understanding, interest and enjoyment of reading. In Key Stage 2, as their reading develops, children are encouraged to read from a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books.
All children are able to take books home to read with an adult, this shared learning will help children to practice their reading skills and develop a lifelong love of reading.
As well as teaching the skills necessary to become confident readers, we have our own library full of exciting books.
Subject Lead: Miss Gaywood
We start by teaching phonics in Reception following the sequence of sounds set out in ‘Letters and Sounds’. To begin with, we encourage children to listen out for sounds in the environment and experiment with a range of sounds using their whole body.
In daily phonics sessions children learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well.
The children also practise reading (and spelling) ‘tricky words’, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’.
Once children can blend sounds together to read words, they practise reading books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know.
In guided reading sessions your child will work with children who are at the same reading level. This is so that the teaching can be focussed on their needs. Some older children will continue to access phonics groups if they need further consolidation and development of reading skills. We check children’s reading skills regularly so we that we can ensure they are in the right group. Children will move to a different group if they are making faster progress or may have one-to-one support if we think they need some extra help.
In the Summer Term, the government asks us to do a phonics check of all the Year 1 children. We will let you know how well your child has done.
In the Summer Term, Year 2 and Year 6 have statutory tests where their ability to answer questions about a text are measured.
To prepare children for this, we ensure our teaching of reading includes lots of opportunities to discuss characters, settings and events. This reading for meaning is so important and only when a child can decode a text and answer questions about it- do we feel the child is ready to move onto the next colour band.