Quality of Reading Education at Greenhaugh Primary School
At Greenhaugh Primary, we value reading as a key skill and are dedicated to enabling all children to become lifelong readers. We believe reading is a key to academic success across the curriculum, through a range of genres, including poetry. Children’s reading comprehension skills are developed in order to become inquiring and independent readers. High-quality texts are used across the curriculum to build an extensive and rich vocabulary. Children develop a love of reading by becoming confident readers in a text-rich environment where time to read is an important part of the day. A rigorous approach to teaching phonics supports excellent phonic knowledge and skills that can be applied across the curriculum.
We have a holistic approach to the teaching of reading and implement the following:
We teach phonics using the synthetic phonics programme called ‘Read Write Inc’ (RWI). ‘Read Write Inc’ is a method whereby letter sounds are learned before blending them together to sound out, read and write words. To achieve, children have daily phonics sessions in Reception and regular weekly sessions in KS1 where they participate in speaking, listening and spelling activities that are matched to their increasing understanding. The class teacher draws upon formative and summative assessment to ensure that children are challenged accordingly and to identify children who may need additional support. Children work through progressive phases of the phonics programme, learning and developing their phonic sounds and knowledge. If a child has not reached the expected standard at the end of KS1, RWI is used as an intervention in KS2 to reach their age-related expectation.
Children have the opportunity to read with an adult three times each week. This is as part of a guided reading group or individually with a Class Teacher, Teaching Assistant, Reading Volunteer.
Children are given access to a wide range of texts that are broadly age-related to match the National Curriculum, differentiated in order to develop confidence or challenge. All children choose a reading book to take home that is matched to their ability, encouraging them to practise their reading skills.
Reading habits at home is monitored through our Home/School Diaries. We expect families to read these books with their child daily and communicate with us in the Home/School Diary.
Each classroom has a selection of books on display reflecting current learning. This offers opportunities for the children to apply their reading skills across the curriculum. We also have our well-stocked library and class bookshelves offering children a choice from a wide range of genres and authors.
Children are read to most days by their class teacher to model reading skills and are expected to use their reading skills to follow instructions. Children are also expected to re-read their own writing.
We have regular visits by ‘Reading Dogs’ to encourage our children to read and to help our children to develop confidence when reading to a variety of audiences.
Impact: Our aim is for our children to become fluent readers by the end of KS1, developing their fluency and comprehension as they progress through the school. Attainment in reading is measured using the statutory assessments at the end of both Key Stages. These results are measured against the reading attainment of children nationally. Attainment in phonics is measured by the phonics screening test at the end of Year 1 and regular ‘Read Write Inc’ assessments are carried out to measure progress. ‘Collins Big Cat’ assessments are used to inform Class Teachers of on-going progress and to select appropriate texts for each child.
By the time children leave Greenhaugh Primary, we aim for our children to be competent readers who achieve well in the statutory requirements but can also readily apply their reading skills in the wider world. We encourage our children to develop a love for reading and enter the magical world that texts can open up to them. Reading for pleasure is promoted as part of our reading curriculum and children are encouraged to experience a wide range of literature across a wide range of genres, cultures and styles. This is to encourage a love of author styles and a variety of texts and be able to review, compare and contrast what they read objectively and to be able to understand and make the most of our exciting world.
Mrs Amanda P Taylor (Headteacher) Greenhaugh Primary School, Greenhaugh, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 1LX