All of our teachers and support staff up to Year 3 have been trained in the Systematic Synthetic Phonics programme “Sounds Write” Sounds Write begins early in Reception and continues until a child is a confident and competent reader and speller. The Sounds Write programme is DFE approved.
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All of our children take part in individual, guided, shared and independent reading sessions.
In Key Stage 2 children take part in daily Guided reading sessions. We use a scheme called Reading Explorers to facilitate these lessons. Our Guided Reading lessons focus on developing specific reading skills such as retrieval, inference, deduction and vocabulary. During these lessons’ children may work on a story, newspaper report, poem or any other text relevant to their learning
In Key Stage 2 children take part in Accelerated Reading sessions. Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his/her own level and reads it at his/her own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer – passing the quiz is an indication that your child has understood what has been read. Accelerated Reader gives both children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results which the teacher then uses to help the child set targets and ongoing reading practice
All children from Reception to Year 6 have been provided with a book bag so they can carry books to and from home. In Key Stage 1 children are given a decodable reading book. The decodable readers we use directly link the Sounds Write Programme and only contain the phonetic code children have been exposed to. As a school community we aim to listen to our younger children at least 3 times a week thus allowing our children to become confident, competent, fluent readers. In Key Stage 2 children take home their Accelerated Reader book so they can continue to enjoy the book outside of school. Teachers in Key Stage 2 will carry on hearing individual readers in school during daily timetabled Accelerated Reader sessions.