We are a reading school and reading development is at the heart of our practice. No child should leave school not being able to read, this is the commitment we have made to our children.
We follow the Read, Write, Inc. programme for teaching phonics and early reading. This works very successfully for our children and they achieve highly in the Year One phonics screening check.
We work closely with the Jerry Clay English hub and receive regular high quality training which ensures our teaching of reading and phonics is the best it can be.
Phase 1 Letters and Sounds is taught daily in Nursery. Read, Write, Inc. is taught daily in Reception until the children have completed the programme in Year 2. When the programme is completed, Year 2 children are taught spelling, punctuation and grammar.
The school gives high priority to reading, our children are exposed to a range of quality texts and there are areas around school where children are encouraged to enjoy reading for pleasure. All children take home a library book weekly. When children are able to blend they also take home a phonically decodable book that matches their Read, Write, Inc. band. Once a child has completed the Read, Write, Inc. programme, they select a book from the appropriate book band. All children read during Read, Write, Inc. sessions and are heard read by a member of staff.
In KS1 children have guided reading sessions three times a week with a focus on comprehension. Children are asked to answer questions from the five reading domains.
Quality story sessions are timetabled in daily and there is an emphasis on developing a love of books, vocabulary and understanding through our magic of stories approach.