At Ferryhill Station Primary, we understand the importance of reading to each individual child. For this reason, we put a strong emphasis on the teaching of early reading through phonics and aim to generate a love of reading through class novels, daily reading and reading diaries.
In order to make sure we are teaching the children how to read, so that they can access these fantastic novels and class stories, the children are taught phonics at the earliest opportunity. This is through the Sounds Write scheme and is a systematic approach to understanding the sounds in a sequential order.
We recognise that parents and carers play an important role in encouraging children’s interest in books and helping them practise word reading skills. We aim to engage parents and develop their understanding of how they can support their child’s learning at home. Parents are invited to a Reading Meeting when their child joins us in Reception and thereafter in KS1. During this, our phonics approach will be explained and parents are given guidance about how to support their child with their reading at home.
Children take home a reading book at a level in which they are able to decode most words. Children are encouraged to bring their home reading book to school each day and school staff will hear individual children read at least once a week. Along with this, pupils take home a reading record. In this, parents can then pass on information about their child’s reading to the class teacher.
Foundation Stage children have access to a library, comprising a range of attractive and enjoyable picture books that they can take home to read with their families. To promote reading for pleasure, children in Key Stages One and Two also bring home books that they have chosen themselves from a selection of library books by a wide range of authors.
Children are supported in developing a deep understanding of their class books and novels, by a carefully planned sequence of activities.
In Key Stage Two, we also deliver discrete reading comprehension sessions, using our scheme ‘Comprehension Express’. Children are taught a range of comprehension strategies which enable them to answer questions and develop their understanding of both narrative and information texts. Children are encouraged to use the comprehension strategies taught to access texts throughout the curriculum with understanding.
Regular assessment is carried out by teachers and this is used to help inform planning and identify gaps in learning. As well as monitoring children’s progress across sequences of lessons, teachers use termly phonics assessments and test papers to ascertain children’s attainment and progress in Reading. Teachers also carry out SATs tests at the end of Key Stage One and Two and the EYFS Profile at the end of Reception. The Phonics Screening Test is used to assess children’s ability to decode words and this takes place at the end of Year One.
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