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Reading

Early Reading

Phonics

Pupils in EYFS and Key Stage 1 are taught to read using the Read Write Inc scheme. The Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics programme which helps all children learn to read fluently. The children progress through different sets of sounds which get progressively more difficult as they move through the sets. Every day the pupils will learn a new sound which they will then apply to both reading and spelling. The sets are detailed below in the order in which they are taught:

Set 1

m

a

s

d

t

i

n

p

g

o

c

k

u

b

f

e

l

h

r

j

v

y

w

z

qu

x

sh

ch

th

ng

nk

 

 

Once your child knows a bank of these sounds they will begin to read simple consonant-vowel-consonant words (cvc words) by saying each sound and blending them to read. Examples of cvc words are dog, cat, run. Once they can confidently do this they will move on to simple ccvc words such as crab, wing and then the digraphs sh, ch and th. The children are then ready to begin simple reading books.

Set 2

ay

ee

igh

oo

as in book

oo

as in zoo

ow

as in snow

ar

or

air

 

ir

ou

oy

ph

kn

 

Set 3

ea

oi

a_e

i_e

 

o_e

u_e

aw

are

ur

er

ow

as in cow

ai

oa

ew

ire

ear

ure

 

tion

tious/cious

e

as in he, we

ie

au

e_e

 

 

Phonics is taught every day from 9 – 9.30 using the Read Write Inc resources. The children are assessed every 6 weeks using the Read Write Inc assessment sheets and the data is recorded on the school Read Write Inc tracking sheet. The assessment information is also used to ensure that the children are reading books that are matched to their phonics ability. We use the Read Write Inc reading scheme in school and matched texts are sent home from the Read Write Inc scheme. This tracking sheet is used to monitor progress and to identify those pupils who are not attaining at the expected level. These children will then receive additional Read Write Inc intervention sessions. The termly milestones are identified below:

 

By October

By December

By February

By April

By May

By July

EYFS

 

Set 1 and blend

Ditty

 

 

 

Year 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sight Vocabulary

In addition to the teaching of phonics we also teach to read common exception words from memory. These are words that can’t be sounded out using their phonics.

The Reading Curriculum at Woolaston Primary

At Woolaston Primary we aim for our children to:

  • develop a love of reading and to read for pleasure and enjoyment.
  • read confidently, fluently and with good understanding.
  • be able to express their opinions and justify their preferences about a wide range of quality fiction/non-fiction texts.
  • become life-long readers.

Approaches

Our approaches to reading include:

  • Guided reading
  • Independent reading
  • Individual reading
  • Whole class shared reading
  • Phonics
  • Comprehension tasks
  • Home reading through the use of reading records

 

All classrooms have book areas books where children can select and read a range of different books. Class book areas will contain non-fiction books related to the class topic and topics of interest, myths, legends, traditional stories and stories from other cultures.

Read Write Inc Guide

Reading in Key Stage 2

Once the children have learned all the phonic sounds and completed the Read Write Inc reading scheme they move on to our junior reading scheme. We have books banded into ability sets which match the levels in the Nelson Benchmark Kit. Every term the pupils are assessed using the Benchmark kit to ensure their school reading book and home reading book matches their reading level.

Reading is taught in a two weekly timetable. Week 1 is whole class shared reading using a whole class text. These texts are selected to motivate and enthuse all readers. The children will complete daily comprehension tasks based on this text and we use a VIPERS format to ensure we developing a range of reading skills:

V – Vocabulary

I – Inference

P – Prediction

E – Explanation

R – Retrieval

S – Summarise

In week 2 pupils participate in teacher led guided reading sessions using a book from the reading scheme that is matched to their ability. When they are not reading with an adult the children will be participating in other reading related tasks such as comprehension or independent reading.

Progression of Reading Skills

As the children move through the school there will be a clear progression in the reading skills developed in each year group. The reading skills developed in each year group are shown on the progression map below.

Reading Progression Map

Termly reading assessments using the Benchmark kit will ensure that pupils are reading books at an appropriate level. It also enables teachers to identify which pupils are attaining at the expected level and supports them to identify any pupils who need further support.

Reading Levels Guide

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