Reading is an essential skill that the children will rely on and continue to use throughout their lives. It is important therefore that we get it right at Primary school.
Initially reading relies on the ability to decode, to be able to read the words on the page, and with this in mind we use a programme called Read, Write Inc as the basis for the teaching of reading.
The programme is delivered daily for 30 minutes, 15 minutes of which focuses on the teaching of phonics to ensure our children are confident decoders, and 15 minutes on developing their skills as readers. This is then practised with appropriate writing activities linked to the phonic sound, or the text they are reading. The children read a range of texts linked to the sounds they are learning but concentrate on developing their comprehension and beginning to develop inference and deduction.
One the children have developed into fluent and confident decoders, they move from the Read Write Inc phonics programme onto a class-based guided reading programme, where they are encouraged to read whilst guided towards focused skill acquisition. The children’s learning is guided by the teacher although some of this will be carried out independently.
Outside of the Read, Write Inc sessions children are encouraged to read at home (daily if possible) using books from various schemes that we have in school. These include Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star and Scholastic. We have introduced additional RWInc reading books for children to practice specific sounds which consolidate their phonic sessions.