Reading and Phonics
We aim to provide a curriculum that develops skills relevant to 21st Century living, builds knowledge and provides rich, memorable experiences. This curriculum is underpinned by high quality core texts. Through our curriculum our children will become aware of their individual and collective responsibility and contribute positively to our school community, local community and society at large.
At Wainscott, we aim to develop a love and appreciation of reading which will stay with children for life - building futures. Wainscott Primary School believes that reading is central to a child’s understanding of the school curriculum and is of vital importance in life.
Reading Routines in Key Stage 1 and Key stage 2
At Wainscott, all children are in receipt of a daily reading experience, mainly through Guided Reading. Guided Reading is where the teacher works with the children to model fluent, expressive reading, the use of effective reading strategies and to encourage response to texts. It can be a vehicle for both teaching children to read (decode) and for teaching children about reading, including comprehension. Guided Reading enables children to access and enjoy rich, authentic texts which are slightly beyond their independent reading level. Sessions are generally planned in a sequence and involve re-reading for different purposes, with children using their developing skills and understanding as they become more familiar with the text. Resources used for Guided Reading include fiction, poetry and non-fiction texts. The text is often enlarged to enable all children to see as well as to hear the text. This may be through the use of the visualiser, ICT texts or interactive white boards (IWB).
We encourage children to read to themselves or to others (peers and adults) and to read to a variety of audiences and to hear adults and children read to them.
At Wainscott, we also encourage reading for pleasure. Reading for Pleasure means any reading that is primarily for enjoyment. This includes: books, magazines, comics, poems, picture books, newspapers as well as fiction novels. Research has shown that reading for pleasure can result in increased empathy, improved relationships with others, improved wellbeing and an increased insight into the view and opinions of others.
All children in the Early Years Foundation Stage and KS1, receive a 20 minute discrete phonics session every day. The children are taught in phase groups across each year group. The children’s progress is regularly assessed and they move through the phases at their own pace. Phonics teaching takes place daily and follows the Letters And Sounds scheme, children are asked, within a session to revisit, review, practise and then apply their phonic skill.
We have a variety of reading schemes working alongside each other which are colour banded. Colour banded books help children choose the right books for their reading ability. For example, the simplest books are Band 1, which is pink progressing to the top level of black in which children are reading ready for Secondary School and for their future. These are carefully graded by reading levels known as book bands. This means that when you know your child’s book band, you will be able to select books from different reading schemes with confidence, knowing that they are the right level for your child. Each book band has its own colour. Book banding is a method of grading the reading level of a particular book- see below how book bands correlate with both year group and reading age. This allows children to be guided to appropriate reading material. Books can be graded from the simplest texts, suitable for very early readers, to texts for fluent readers, ensuring that children experience success and progress from one level to the next. Children are encouraged to read daily for at least twenty minutes at home and log their reading in their school reading record.
All pupils also have access to the Oxford Owl E library https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/ which means that should bubbles be closed, the children are still able to access a wide variety of reading books. This scheme was introduced in December 2020.
Celebrating reading at Wainscott Primary School
If your child reads 5 times a week for 6 weeks, they will receive their bronze award.
If your child reads 5 times a week for 6 weeks the next term, they will receive their silver award.
If your child reads 5 times a week for 6 weeks the next term, they will receive their gold award.
If your child reads 5 times a week for 6 weeks the next term, they will receive their platinum award.
If your child reads 5 times a week for 6 weeks the next term, they will receive their ruby award.
If your child reads 5 times a week for 6 weeks the next term, they will receive their OUTSTANDING award.