Teaching reading in the Primary Phase

At Alec Reed Primary we teach phonics through Read Write Inc. This provides our pupils with a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. 
 
Within small Guided Reading groups children have opportunities to discuss with their peers and their teacher their understanding of key ideas within text and the vocabulary used. It allows the teacher to assess the child’s progress and plan to move them forward. 
 
Promoting reading for pleasure and for information is encouraged through use of a range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction through a variety of subjects as well as for guided, individual and home reading. 
 
We acknowledge the vital role parents play in supporting children to become readers and we encourage parents to listen to their child read every evening and sign their child’s reading record.
 
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Foundation Stage

Pupils in Nursery are exposed to a range of traditional stories from a range of cultures. During shared reading, pupil attention drawn to the direction language is read and how pictures can be used to support understanding of the text. The stories have a range of morals within them which are explored as a way of developing pupils' SMSC understanding. The Nursery is equipped with Story Phones that allows pupils to listen through headphones to a wide range of spoken stories. Pupils also have access to the texts whilst listening to the stories to help develop basic book skills.

When Nursery staff deem a child ready, they begin on the first stage of the Rigby Star guided reading scheme. These books are picture books that require the child to discuss what is happening and make predictions about what will happen next. The books are then sent home to be shared with the parents.

In Nursery work is done with parents to encourage the sharing of books at home. Selections of key Primary texts are sent home once a week for parents to share with their child. Many of the books are dual language ensuring that stories can be shared in the home language as well as English.

Reception

Pupils in Reception progress through the early stages of the Rigby Star guided reading scheme. Each child has two guided reading sessions a week. The texts are sent home so that every parent or carer can listen to their child read. Pupils have a reading record that is sent home which informs parents of their child’s current reading targets and allows them to write comments about reading at home. Each Reception class is equipped with a Story Phone that allows pupils to listen through headphones to a wide range of spoken stories. Pupils also have access to the texts whilst listening to the stories to help develop basic book skills.

Within the Foundation Stage curriculum, key texts from different cultures are used to drive the overall learning that takes place. Morals and aspects of cultural significance are explored as a means of developing SMSC understanding. Reading skills and reading opportunities are woven in to the curriculum to support pupils in becoming increasingly independent readers.

Phase 1 (Years 1, 2 & 3)

Pupils continue to progress through the Rigby Star scheme of guided reading books. The texts are sent home so that every parent or carer can listen to their child read. Pupils have a reading record that is sent home which informs parents of their child’s current reading targets and allows them to write comments about reading at home.Reading and comprehension opportunities feature within English lessons as well across other subjects.   

More able readers in KS1 begin to access Accelerated Reader books. They complete the computer based comprehension questions related to each text and have to score 80% or more before they can move on to the next level. Each Phase 1 class is equipped with Story Phones that allows pupils to listen through headphones to a wide range of spoken stories. Pupils also have access to the texts whilst listening to the stories to help develop reading ability.

Pupils in Year 3 begin using the Rigby Navigator guided reading scheme as well as having short chapter books as class and additional home readers. The majority of pupils in Year 3 begin using Accelerated Reader.

Phase 2 (Years 4, 5 & 6)

Pupils have a weekly guided reading session with the class teacher, progressing through the different stages of the Rigby Navigator series. This series is also supplemented with a range of chapter books specific to the age and ability of the pupils. The chapter books cover significant children’s authors such as Roald Dahl, Michael Morpurgo, Francesca Simon and Philip Pullman. Pupils engage in regular comprehension lessons and are required to develop their reading skills across a range of other subject areas. Pupils have a reading record that is sent home which informs parents of their child’s current reading targets and allows them to write comments about reading at home.

Each pupil in Phase 2 accesses Accelerated Reader and complete the computer based comprehension questions related to each text. A score 80% or more must be achieved before they can move on to the next level. Year 6 pupils also take part in weekly Breakfast Booster sessions that focus on developing and challenging their reading and comprehension skills.