We follow the English National Curriculum 2014 throughout Year 1 – Year 6, with EYFS following the Early Years Framework for Literacy. A range of resources are used by teachers to support teaching and learning, such as schemes of work created by Rising Stars for punctuation, grammar and reading comprehension.
- All children in KS1 are heard read three times a week. We encourage parents and carers to read to their child nightly. Class teachers select an appropriate reading book to support and encourage parents and carers to do this. A blue reading diary is also provided for parents and carers to record comments and observations about their child’s thoughts, discussions and reactions to the book they have read together.
- In KS2, we encourage children to read at home every day, for at least 20 minutes. Books may be taken home from their class book corner or from the school library. A blue reading diary is also provided for parents and carers to record and confirm that reading has taken place.
- All children receive log-ins for ‘Reading Eggs’: an online learning platform. Children may access the website at home, and in cases where children do not have internet access, they are encouraged to visit the website during the school day.
- Reward schemes are in place in each class, to encourage children to read outside of the school day.
- Reading comprehension is taught from year 2-6. This involves high-quality ICT resources to explore both non-fiction and fiction texts from popular authors such as, Roald Dahl and Michael Morpurgo.
- We use the phonics scheme, ‘Read Write Inc.’ to support the teaching and planning of phonics. This scheme is designed for 4-7 year olds learning to read and for 7-8 years olds needing to catch up quickly.
- Phonics is taught daily in 30-minute sessions. Children are placed in small groups, and are regularly assessed and moved groups according to their reading development needs.
- In Reception we aim for all children to be able to:
Read storybooks and non-fiction books closely matched to their developing phonic knowledge
Take home Phonics storybooks to share
Read with fluency and expression
Learn to spell using known sounds
Write confidently by practising what they want to write out loud first
Work well with a partner
- By the end of Year 1 we aim for all children to be accurate and speedy readers.