Reading Scheme and Phonics

Reading in our school aims to promote a love of reading and create fluent and confident readers by the end of Year 6.

In Reception, children learn Phonics and early reading skills. Children in Years 1-6 have a 60 minute literacy lesson three times per week. This is because we believe literacy is the key to all learning for our children and 60 minutes allows for extensive practice of fluency and analytical skills, as well as providing time for translating children’s experience of different reading genres into effective writing.

In addition to this, each class have three 30 minutes sessions per week where the children are invited to read from a selection of age appropriate books and develop their understanding of language by unpicking vocabulary from their text and collaboratively using clues to clarify their meaning. These skills are further heightened during sessions based around a class text related to topics.

What pupil’s learn during Reading

KS1
Children begin their reading journey in small groups where they develop the following early reading skills:

  • systematic teaching of Phonics
  • children practising reading daily
  • studying well known texts alongside ones which are phonetically correct to promote comprehension skills
  • exposure to common exception words and a range of vocabulary
  • regular assessments to inform children’s book bands so that appropriate home reader books are available to them

KS2
Once their reading fluency is secure, children begin to read chapter books written by a range of authors. Teaching in KS2 focuses on enhancing the following skills:

  • reading a wide range of carefully selected literature including fiction, non-fiction and poetry
  • exposure to extracts from a range of text types where children are required to carefully consider the author’s choice of language and the power of punctuation
  • daily comprehension where children are encouraged to work collaboratively and independently
  • becoming a more fluent reader with regular fluency assessments used to improve the pace of reading

KS2 also select Accelerated Reader books weekly and complete online comprehension questions, as well as half termly formal assessments, to ensure that children are taking appropriate books home to read.