At Pensford Primary School, pupils’ interest and pleasure in reading is positively developed and encouraged as they learn to read confidently and independently. Understanding how to read words accurately and comprehending what is written underpins the success of children becoming competent readers.
During the year in which they start school, children start daily dedicated phonics sessions where they learn different letter sounds. We use a combination of Letters and Sounds (http://www.letters-and-sounds.com) and Jolly Phonics (http://jollylearning.co.uk/overview-about-jolly-phonics) to support our teaching of early reading skills.
Once children are secure in their knowledge of Phase 2 of Letters and Sounds, they are provided with reading books from our school colour banded system, through which they progress as they become competent readers. An example of this system can be found at https://www.readingchest.co.uk/book-bands. We use a combination of books from different reading schemes to provide a varied range of books to stimulate and engage children to become successful readers.
- sharing books together as a whole class, group or in pairs
- individual reading for Reception, Year One and Year Two with the class teacher or TA once a week
- reading books are sent home and changed once a week
- guided reading is introduced during Year One and continues in Year Two. From Year Two the children begin reading comprehension.
At Key Stage Two there is a greater focus on guided reading and comprehension activities as opposed to hearing children individually read. Other strategies include:
- whole class reading
- guided reading
- group reading
- one to one
- paired reading
Each child will have a Reading Record where appropriate; the purpose of which is to record the reading experiences both at home and school. This will be an exercise book and teachers will provide an information sheet for parents on how best to hear their child read as is appropriate to their age or key stage.