At LEH it is our mission to teach children to read fluently and to understand the texts that they read so that they can develop a life-long love of reading.
Phonics and Early Reading
At LEH we follow the Read Write Inc Scheme for the teaching of phonics. Children work within their year groups with Y1 pupils split into two smaller groups to accommodate the different stages of phonic development they are working within. Children in Reception, Y1 and Y2 are taught phonics each day at school. They are taught in groups appropriate to their stage of reading development. These are predominantly school year grouping but there may be some occasions when children are working with children outside of their year group.
At Lady Hastings’ Primary School, we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.
Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.
Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.
When using RWI to read the children will:
learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
learn to read words using Fred Talk
read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.
Click here for more information about how you can support your child’s learning in phonics at home.
Key Stage 2
Class teachers each select age appropriate novels that classes read together. This may take place in English lessons, guided reading sessions or at other points through the school day, with one of the main aims of this strategy being engendering a love of stories and reading. These texts are carefully selected both as excellent engaging stories but also for the moral messages and real-life issues that they may contain.
We use whole class and whole year group reading sessions in KS2. Teachers select texts that are appropriate for the age and development of the children. This also includes reading extracts from fiction and non-fiction books which allows the children to experience a wide breadth in their reading ‘diet’.
Reading sessions will focus mainly on:
reading fluency and stamina;
retrieval of information from the text;
developing inference and deductions skills and supporting opinion with evidence from the text;
understanding the language choices that writers make and their intended effect.
Reading at home
Early Years and Key Stage 1
The reading books the children take home are matched to the phonics stage they are working at. This allows the children to practice and apply the work they have competed within their phonics sessions. There is a wealth of suggestions at the start of these books of how parents can support their children with their decoding of the words within the text, along with reading comprehension questions at the end of the book.
At this stage, we ask that parents record when their child has read, how well they did with reading a particular text and perhaps how much their child has enjoyed the text. Generally, teachers will not add written comment in these home reading records; they have their own reading records that they complete within school.
Reading at home for KS2 pupils
As with children in Early Years and Key Stage 1, we expect that children read each day at home. As the children are older, we put increasingly more responsibility on them to record their own reading, making short notes about the texts they have read. As the children move into KS2, there is a greater emphasis on reading comprehension as by this stage they are able to read with a good level of fluency. As the children reach Y5 and Y6, the need to read aloud to a parent or carer every time they read is not as vital in most cases, but is still an important part of a child’s reading development. We hope that children spend time discussing with their parents what they have read, such the reasons for characters’ actions and what they think might happen next in the story and why.
Throughout KS2 children will still receive a book from the reading scheme, but these texts can be augmented by the children’s own choices of reading. Indeed, we want them to read a wide variety of texts; children being able to select some of the texts that they read is a part of this. Some guidance is provided in ensuring that the texts provide a range of reading and suitable challenge but by the end f Key Stage 2, the children should be fluent and confident readers and be able to read and understand a wide range of texts.
Reading Book Choices
Visit these links to find recommended reading books appropriate to the age of your child:
Literacy Trust: 'Books with Hooks'
Reading with your child at home
Visit the Oxford Owl website for good advice about supporting your child's reading at different ages and stages.
Click here to watch videos with great advice about how to support reluctant or struggling readers.
Read 10 Top Tips for hearing your child read on the Topmarks website.
You can download questions and prompts to use when hearing your child read or discussing books your child is reading, here.