The teaching of reading

All children have a daily English lesson together with Guided Reading sessions; a library session and handwriting practice session/s. Children will follow the objectives currently outlined in the new English Curriculum which include: speaking and listening, planning and editing, writing, reading, phonics, spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Children are taught to read by decoding the words and to extend their comprehension skills. They have opportunities to take part in shared reading, guided reading and individual reading groups. We use a range of reading schemes e.g Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, Big Cat, Read, Write Inc. We find this gives the children a wider range of reading materials to choose from. The children choose from within graded colour bands of books which match their reading ability and are encouraged to read both Fiction and non-fiction.

Synthetic phonics is taught daily throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, following the Letters and Sounds document. Spelling is taught rigorously throughout the school based on the statutory requirements of the new English Curriculum for each year group. Spelling strategies that have been taught are expected to be reflected in everyday writing across the curriculum.  When spellings are marked, it is in accordance with Marking Policy.  From Year 2 onwards we use the Read Write Inc spelling scheme.