In keeping with the English Programmes of Study (National Curriculum 2014), pupils at The Federation of St Elpheges Infants and Junior School, are taught reading in a variety of ways.
- To enable children to read fluently and accurately for pleasure.
- To become fluent readers with the skills to access, engage with and enjoy a wide range of texts.
- Sharing texts, both English based and cross-curricular - pupils experience challenging texts through shared reading.
- Being taught a sight vocabulary of tricky words e.g. they, saw, come etc.
- Daily phonics sessions (Letters & Sounds) - learning letter sounds (phonemes) and names, segmenting and blending for decoding and spelling and other spelling strategies.
- In KS1, all children have daily reading activities and share a 1 to 1 reading experience with either the class teacher or teaching assistant.
- In Y2, when not part of a Guided Reading Group, children participate independently in planned Reading and Literacy-based tasks which support and develop their reading skills.
- In KS2, targeted groups of children are heard to read daily with either the class teacher or teaching assistant.
- In KS1 (Y2) & KS2 Group Guided Reading – shared reading, using a variety of books, with a class teacher or teaching assistant which addresses specific areas of reading learning.
- In Early Years (EYFS), all children are heard to read daily with the class teacher or assistant.
- In Early Years, all children take part in daily phonics sessions to ensure they acquire letter sounds (phonemes) and names for both decoding/blending and segmenting of spellings when developing their writing skills.
All pupils in the EYFS/Infants and Lower Key Stage 2 have a banded reading book, which they take home. As their reading progresses they have an opportunity to borrow books from their own class library and the school library.
Parents are encouraged to support their children’s reading development by reading this and other texts with them on a daily basis.
It is the school’s policy to provide children with range of books which include fully decodable phonics books and other schemes to ensure children do not rely on one strategy to develop their reading skills. Providing a range of books from all genres ensures that children develop and foster a love of reading from an early age.
All our reading books are banded according to the level of difficulty. All pupils progress through the Reading Bands (green, red, blue, pink in the infants and bronze, silver and gold in the lower juniors) which include books from reading schemes such as Big Cat, Phonics Bug, Rigby Star, Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Pathways, Storyworld, Hieneman Spirals, Dandelion, Raintree, Ginn, Collins: Project X series. They move on to the next band when judged ready by their teacher.
Having progressed through Reading Bands, children then have access to a wide variety of more challenging texts within our ‘Free Reader’ collections in classes. Their teachers closely monitor their selections and the children record these in their reading records.
Each individual teacher keeps Reading Records in class reading record books/folders.
Pupils are encouraged to talk about their recent reading and, in particular, to share discoveries of ‘good reads’ with others.
The application of reading is positively encouraged throughout our daily activities, when children are asked, for example, to read instructions, notices, big book texts and any focused text of that session.
Parents/Carers are encouraged to participate in their child’s reading by hearing them read for 5 to 20 minutes each day at home. Parents/Carers receive regular information through staff writing comments in each child’s Reading Record Book as well as through parents’ evenings and informal meetings.