Learning to Read at Park

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At Park Primary we aim for every child to develop the skills they need to become confident, fluent, independent readers, whilst igniting a life-long love of reading. We encourage the children to become enthusiastic and reflective readers through contact with challenging and relevant texts and to appreciate a wide range of authors and genres.

In order to achieve this, we use a systematic and developmental approach to teaching reading as outlined below.

1. Systematic Phonics Programme
The school uses the Read Write Inc. (RWI) Phonics Programme for our children who are learning to read and write in Key Stage One, and as a catch up programme for children who need extra support in Key Stage Two.

The RWI Programme breaks the words down into sounds and the children learn a new sound every day until they have developed a code for the 44 different sounds in English. As soon as the children recognise sounds they use them to blend words and to start reading stories at their level. Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have a daily RWI lesson with a focus on decoding (reading words) and comprehension skills. To find out more about the RWI Programme, please click on the following link.

2. Reading Time
The daily Reading Time session includes a range of activities that allow the children to develop and apply their reading skills. These activities include a weekly guided reading lesson with the teacher, an activity linked to the class text and an activity based on different genres.

3. Reading Books
Reading books are sent home every day.

Key word lists will be sent home and the children will be given new words as they show that they are secure with the previous ones. Children will be sent home with reading books as the teacher feels it is appropriate to do so.

Key Stage One
The children will bring home a book banded reading book. These are reading books that have been carefully levelled to ensure that they are the right level for the children. These books need to be recorded in a Reading Record and can be changed in school when the book is signed by a parent/carer. Children continue to take home Key Sight Words lists to learn. The children are also able to choose a book from their class book corner to take home and enjoy with their family members.

Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2, when reading up to, and including, the white reading level, the children take home two reading books (one from the appropriate book band level and one from the Free Reader section which is a collection of fiction and non-fiction ‘real’ books that are not book banded). When children are beyond the white level, they may choose a Free Reader reading book which interests them or a reading book from the appropriate book banded level.

Order of the Book Band Levels

Pink Red Yellow Blue Green Orange Turquoise
Purple Gold White Lime/Lime & Brown Silver Sapphire Magenta

4. Teach comprehension every week so that the children work on skills to understand different types of text.

5. Have an English curriculum which really teaches children to appreciate and understand various texts. This includes knowing the author’s intention, understanding structure and increasing language and vocabulary.

7. Make sure that children regularly share a class text with their teacher through reading a class book together (one per fortnight in KS1 one per term in KS2). These books are shared, discussed and may provide stimulus for comprehension or writing sessions.

8. Have enticing book corners in all classrooms which encourage the children to read.

Reading News

Get Caught Reading competition – Do you love to read? Are you keen for a competition? You might be just the person to Get Caught Reading! Over the next few weeks, you need to get caught reading in an unusual and interesting place. The best entries will be displayed in school and the winners will receive a fantastic prize! A winner will be chosen from Reception, KS1, KS2 and staff members. All you need to do is ask someone to take a photo of you reading in an unusual place, print it out or email it to the school’s email address, with your full name and class attached. The deadline for the competition is Friday 9th December 2016.

Have fun and get caught reading!
Miss Cook

Oxford Owl – There is useful advice and 100s of free ebooks, audio books and videos of stories being told by a storyteller. All you need to do is sign up, which is free of charge. Available on ipads too.

Ruthmiskin – please click on the link to view.

The Mayor’s Reading Guarantee – this report highlights the positive impact that the Read Write Inc one-to-one tuition has had on our pupils’ reading.

Please read the following presentation about our reading targets here at Park so you are able to help your child progress and achieve their reading targets.

Reading Targets Workshop Document