We provide a reading curriculum that gives children an opportunity to enjoy and engage with books from a range of authors and genres.
We teach children to read easily, fluently and with good understanding; to develop appropriate reading skills such as inference, skimming and scanning and summarising. Children develop the habit of reading widely and often, for pleasure and information and this is timetabled daily. We aim for children to acquire a wide vocabulary from the books they read.
Reading is promoted throughout our curriculum which is based on high quality texts as well as celebrations such as World Book Day. We have a well-stocked school library and children have a weekly time-tabled session there.
Our classroom environments are designed with books clearly organised and readily available for children to select. We aim to have the best of children’s literature both classic, current, diverse, entertaining and challenging. We understand the importance of exposing our pupils to the very best stories and books. In our classrooms there is a culture of discussing, debating, enthusing and sharing what we are reading.
In EYFS, Reading is taught through the Reading early learning goal. Children have the opportunity to read through daily shared and guided reading sessions as well as participating in reading activities in the workshop areas both indoors and out.
From EYFS to Year 6, children take part in daily shared reading lessons, where a different text is used each week. In EYFS and Year 1, the focus is on children ability to decode the text. From Year 2, teachers prepare comprehension questions with a focus on key objectives. Using the VIPERS structure, each lesson focusses on a different comprehension skill: Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explaining, Retrieval and Sequencing.
Additionally, all classes are read to by their teacher, right up to year 6. This way, exposure to quality texts and the shared joy of exciting, engaging narratives is consistent throughout the whole school and the magic of a good story is shared by all.
We aim for our children to be equipped with the linguistic knowledge to read, write and speak fluently. By the end of their time with us, they will have been exposed to a wide variety of texts and genres and so will be able to express their opinion of the wider world. We want our children to have the confidence to use the range of vocabulary they have acquired from reading, not just in their writing but also to speak out and articulate their thoughts. The impact will be measured through children’s books, reading sessions, pupil voice, statutory tests and teacher assessment.
FFT Success for All Phonics is a complete systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programme that has been validated by the Department for Education. From Nursery through to Year 2, Phonics and Reading sessions are taught daily. In Nursery, book talk is taught to support communication and language development, however from Reception – Year 2, FFT: SfA Shared Reading lessons are completed daily.
Early reading and phonics are at the heart of our curriculum, and we ensure that children begin their reading journey at the earliest point in Reception, usually within the first two weeks of starting school. By the end of the Autumn term, many children in Reception are able to read appropriate captions independently. Throughout KS1 our early reading journey continues whereby the children are exposed to alternative pronunciations of sounds, common exceptions words, spelling rules and fluency. In Year 2, once the children become fluent readers, they develop their comprehension skills through our whole school guided reading scheme VIPERS.
As we believe teaching every child to read is so important, Miss Gordon is our Reading Champion who drives the early reading programme in our school, in liaison with our Reading Lead Mrs Taylor. Our Reading Champion are highly skilled at teaching phonics and reading, and they monitor and support our reading team, so everyone teaches with fidelity to the FFT Success for all Phonics Programme.
Phonics Resources for Parents
Please follow the links below for further support and guidance.
Tips for Reading at Home
Parents and Carers Guide
Phonics and Writing Phrases
Year 1 Phonics Screening
Children in Year 1 will sit the Phonics Screening Check in June each year. Any child not passing the check re-sits it in Year 2. During the Phonics Screening Check, children are asked to read 40 words. Most of these words are real words but some are pseudo-words. Pseudo-words are included to ensure that children are using their decoding skills and not just relying on their memory of words they have read before.