The Teaching of reading in School

Ms Kingston oversees the teaching of reading across the whole school. For seven years the school had the Every Child a Reader programme in place for KS1 children.  This programme was an intense 1 to 1 programme run by a teacher to ensure children who were below in reading caught up to the peer.

Now we have a dedicated Teaching assistant who works with children one to one.  She is specially trained to support those children who have not made the progress typical for their age.

In Foundation 1 and 2 children are taught how to recognise sounds using Letters and Sounds and some Jolly Phonics.  Children use books without words so that they can talk about what is happening in a story.  When they begin to recognise the letters and the sounds they make they will take home books with simple words in-some they recognise using phonics, ie the sounds they make, and some just by remembering what the word looks like, ie ‘tricky words’.  This may be in the Foundation 1 when children are ready.

All our Home reading books are coded with Reading recovery levels which are age related, and children move quickly through the levels when they are ready.  Children pick their own home readers so that they read for enjoyment not because they are told to read a book.  Children in KS2 are taught to read through a class text  which is at a higher level than a home reader.  Teachers guide children’s learning to ensure children understand what they are reading and can find hidden meanings and understand the meaning of more difficult words. Children are able to borrow books from the school’s well stocked library.

Children in KS1 and year 3 and 4 join the Gypsyville library and go to the library regularly. Teaching children to read is our priority, teaching children to read for pleasure is our ultimate goal.

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