Curriculum - Reading
We teach the key skills of English (as a spoken language, read and written) discretely in literacy and in context through our carefully planned topic work . Our aim is to inspire children to read and write independently, skillfully and with pleasure.
Reading covers a range of skills, word reading, comes first. Phonics, matching letters and sounds – then the techniques of independent decoding and blending grow alongside the understanding of word structure and the historical links between words in the English language. Recall of key words and sight vocabulary grows in line with the age related stages of the National Curriculum. At the same time we teach how to understand and take delight in stories and other books, at first by sharing and listening but as soon as possible by fostering a love of independent pleasure in reading. All this supports children in their own comprehension of a range of texts and sets them off into a world where they appreciate and enjoy a positive relationship with the written word.
Reading books are fully phonetically decodable and linked to the RWI colour the child is on so their learning is practised and reinforced at home. Children keep their book for a week to become fluent in reading it. Children move through the Book colours until they reach the required standard to become a Free-Reader, choosing a book to read from our class libraries. Children are able to take an additional book home, which encourages them to read for pleasure. These are labelled as shared books as they may have words that they an not fully decode yet.
The Phonics Screening Check
The National Phonics Screening Check is performed in June of Year 1. The purpose of the screening check is to confirm that all children have learned phonic decoding to an age-appropriate standard. The children who did not meet the required standard for the check in year 1 enter again in year 2 with additional support.