Phonics and Reading
Reading at All Saints is exciting and inspiring and we aim to create a love of reading with a variety of techniques. Our children see reading as an enjoyable activity and a transferable skill. We want children to understand that reading skills can help them to access text and information from different viewpoints and cultures. Children are encouraged to see the links between accurate reading skills and becoming articulate communicators in spoken language, and communicating clearly in written form. We encourage accuracy in accessing written text and also in the application of comprehension skills in reading. Children will be exposed to age-appropriate books of different genres, i.e. fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Our Reading Aims
• To create a love of books and reading
• To encourage accuracy in accessing written text and also in the application of comprehension skills in reading
• To develop competency and fluency when discussing a range of texts
We follow the ‘Oxford reading tree’ book bands and all children are assessed and a book band assigned.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Children are taught Phonics alongside provision areas. Small, targeted groups ensure effective teaching and progression of skills. We follow the letters and sounds document and parents are taught how to support learning at home through Phonics workshops. The reading area is welcoming, comfortable and provides a range of books for children to look at independently and with friends or adults. The classroom has labelled signs and a variety of text and font for children to look at, read and use. At the end of every day the class get together to listen to a story.
Key Stage 1
Children are taught daily phonics sessions. Small, targeted groups ensure effective teaching and progression of skills. Children take part in guided reading sessions where phonics skills, comprehension, discussion and following a text are all encouraged. Our reading area is welcoming, comfortable and provides a range of books for children to look at independently and with friends.
Key Stage 2
Children are encouraged to read for pleasure and have a wide range of texts available alongside their banded reading books. As they become more confident and fluent in their reading the children move onto “Free Reading” where independence and reading stamina is developed. We have active guided-reading sessions, where independent learners will keep reading journals, write book reviews, read plays, complete reading comprehension tasks and develop their vocabulary.