Reading and Phonics Schemes
At St. Bede’s Catholic Primary School we aim to provide every child with a rich, diverse reading curriculum that develops children into confident readers who have a passion for literature. This is achieved through the culmination of a range of strategies and support that utilises the skills of our talented teaching staff and supportive parents.
Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1
The development of reading begins within the Early Years Foundation Stage. St Bede’s uses the Letters and Sounds phonics programme to ensure children quickly master the basics of word reading and recall. The principle behind phonics involves segmenting words into their individual phonemes or ‘sounds’ before blending them together to produce a given word. Throughout the Early Years and Key Stage 1 phases, the children enjoy a daily phonics lesson that eventually secures the mastery of the full range of phonemes and their written (grapheme) representation. It is important that this learning is consolidated at home; we hold phonics workshops for parents to support them in helping to play an integral part in their child’s reading progress.
Alongside this, teachers plan and deliver opportunities for children to respond to their reading. This helps to form a strong comprehension of what has been read, and a deeper understanding of the author’s choices and intentions.
St. Bede’s uses the Oxford Reading Tree books as a strategy to consolidate the learning from the classroom. Each week the children are provided with a banded book to take home, which their parents are encouraged to read with them and note down their progress through a home school link book. This is further supplemented by our online reading scheme: Bug Club. This allows children to access a vast range of e-books from all genres, while also providing age and level appropriate questions during the child’s reading.
Key Stage 2
Within Key Stage 2, while an emphasis still exists on continuing to develop the children’s word reading skills, there is a greater emphasis on comprehension and responding to reading. St. Bede’s uses the Cracking Comprehension reading scheme in order to ensure children are provided with the opportunity to develop their skills in not only comprehension itself, but inference, language for effect, and themes and conventions, too.
Once confident in their reading ability, children within Key Stage 2 have more freedom over their choice of reading book to take home. Each class maintains a varied library that contains quality texts from across multiple genres and time periods.
It is important that we come together as a school to celebrate the enjoyment that reading brings, and in turn further develop the pleasure for reading that our children experience.
Throughout the school year we do this in a variety of ways: a book fair is held twice a year, allowing children to discover new and exciting authors; we celebrate World Book Day with a collection of themed activities; and finally we hold author and storyteller visits that give the children an opportunity to be inspired by and ask questions to published writers.
For the children of St. Bede’s to go forward and be successful in all that they do it is integral that they have developed a sound understanding of reading. By creating a curriculum that teaches initial skills, before giving children the opportunity to develop and eventually master them, as well encouraging a pleasure for reading through a wide range of texts and reading opportunities, we believe that we meet this duty and develop our children into enthusiastic, life-long readers.
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