Reading is a key aspect of a child’s learning in our school and we are committed to improving the English skills of all our pupils. Raising the profile of reading and encouraging reading for pleasure are so important in the development of these skills. Staff share a variety of classic and modern books; children’s picture books and non-fiction texts to encourage an early engagement with, and a love of, reading.
Children take part in regular reading opportunities in class through individual, group and whole class reading. Every pupil takes home ‘home reading’ books which they are encouraged to read every night. In addition, in Reception and year one, the children are given ‘tricky’ words to practice at home.
We predominately use books from Read Write Inc in the children’s one to one sessions until children are confident and secure with their phonological knowledge. These books are read at school and are also taken home for extra practice. In addition to their Read Write Inc book, the children enjoy enhancement books covering different genres, from a range of reading schemes including: Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat, Bug Club, Rigby Star, Songbirds and Project X.
When reading in school, an emphasis is placed on both word-reading and comprehension to ensure the children develop competency in reading. We recognise the distinction between learning to read and reading to learn. We understand the importance of structuring the teaching of reading appropriately through Early Years, Key Stage 1 to lower Key Stage 2.
In order to develop fluency in word reading, phonics teaching is introduced in the Nursery and continued daily throughout Reception and Key Stage 1, using Read Write Inc. Opportunities are also given during Key Stage 1 and 2 to use additional phonic programmes if necessary, for example Nessy, Bug Club and Phonics Play, which provide further consolidation of phonics. Some pupils undertake specific intervention programmes if they experience difficulties with reading or phonological skills.
Comprehension skills develop through pupils’ experience of high-quality discussion with the teacher, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction. We encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world they live in; to establish an appreciation and love of reading; and to gain knowledge across the curriculum.
In order to help develop the children’s love of reading, they are able to choose books which interest them from our library; all children in the school have a regular library session.
At Regent Farm First School we are passionate about the importance of reading, both as a skill in its own right and as means for accessing the entire school curriculum through first, middle and into high school. We aim to support all children to achieve their potential.
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” Frederick Douglas