Approach to Reading

Foundation Stage

When teaching the early stages of reading, we teach synthetic phonics as the prime approach using Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics. Children are taught the links between letters and the sounds they make in daily phonics sessions and they are helped to develop their listening skills necessary for this from the start of Nursery.

Whole Class Guided Reading

In September 2017 the Academy introduced Whole Class Guided Reading where children in each class access age-appropriate, challenging texts which are rich in vocabulary with the aim of developing depth in children’s reading.  These sessions are a minimum of 30 minutes per day and all children have a reading response book (Reading Journal) where their written responses are recorded and marked. 

This term the texts being followed are:

Year 1 – Dogger

Year 2 – The Tunnel

Year 3 – The Firework Maker’s Daughter

Year 4 / 5 – The Iron Man

Year 6 – The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

Key Stage One

In Year 1 children also have a daily (adult-led) 20 minute Guided Reading lesson which is a more targeted intervention session with the children in smaller groups focussing on decoding and fluency skills. 

In Year 2 children also have a daily (adult-led) 20 minute Guided Reading lesson which is a more targeted intervention session with the children in smaller groups focussing on decoding and fluency, modelling responses and enrichment.  The school uses a wide range of quality books for Guided Reading which are linked to the child’s phonic stage.  Children take an individual reading book home to read to their parents and carers with the expectation of reading at least three times a week at home with an adult.

Key Stage 2

Children continue to take an individual reading book home to share with their carers and parents with the expectation of reading at least three times a week at home with an adult.