Our curriculum promotes reading for pleasure and we aspire for all to children to develop a habit of reading widely and often. High quality texts that inspire reading and writing are at the core of our English curriculum. This means that, by the time our children leave Year 6, they will have been immersed in a wide and diverse range of excellent children’s literature. We believe that Read, Write, Inc. (RWI) phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier. Children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. The teaching of phonics is of high priority.
Greville Progression in Reading
Reading and phonics
Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.
What is phonics?
Phonics is the method of teaching reading through the identification of sounds and graphemes. All words are made up of individual sounds and these sounds are blended together to form words. A grapheme is another name for the letters we use to write the sounds - the spelling of that sound on the page. The National Curriculum requires that all children are taught phonics systematically through a program, giving children to tools to read and write any word. At Greville, the program we have chosen is Read Write Inc.
Under Read Write Inc, the children are taught a new sound each day. They practise using this sound to read both real and alien words, and to use it in their writing. They read books with this sound in, and revisit it frequently so that it is kept in their long term memory.
The children are assessed each half term, and then placed into groups depending on what they need to learn next. Thanks to our fantastic teaching assistants, we are able to cover a wide range of groups. Each reading teacher is highly trained to deliver the sessions, and Read Write Inc has a culture of constant training and practise so that the teaching standard remains high.
For more information about Read Write Inc, please visit: https://www.ruthmiskin.com/parents/
Reading at Home
Please see below for a copy of the presentation from our most recent parent workshop for YR and Y1 parents about early reading.
LOVE OF READING
We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.
Stories are a key pillar of learning in Reception and Year 1. Children enjoy getting to know a carefully selected range of high quality stories at school. Some are limited to learning across the curriculum and others are shared for pure engagement, allowing even the youngest children at The Greville to know the delights of being ‘lost’ in a book.
From years 3 – 6, children at the Greville are transitioned onto Accelerated Reader when they are ready. Children who have reached the end of Read Write Inc Phonics, are assessed using the Star Reader, which carefully matches them to the appropriate Accelerated Reader level (their ZPD). Children are then free to choose their reading book from a range of books at their level. We have a fantastic library for children to choose their books from, as well as small year group libraries in Years 3 and 4. Children are able to take ‘quizzes’ on the book they have just read and are assessed at four points in the year to ensure they are reading the correct books. Daily, independent reading is a key part of Accelerated Reader and children have time daily to read independently in class.
Parents' Guide to Accelerated Reader
Whole Class Reading
Our Greville Whole Class reading curriculum is carefully aligned with our writing curriculum, exposing children to a wide range of texts and genres. The whole class reading approach provides a fantastic opportunity to build reading skills and confidence within the classroom. It encourages whole-class discussion and allows students to share ideas, as well as learn from other students around them. Our whole class reading sessions include a range of activities, not all of which have to have a written outcome, that enable pupils to develop their vocabulary and comprehension skills. This approach means our children are regularly immersed in high-quality children's literature and are able to improve speaking and listening skills, as well as developing their comprehension skills. Our teachers are also able to give more time to modelling reading skills rather than just assessing ability.
As we believe that reading is key to all learning, the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the result of statutory assessments. As a Year 6 reader, transitioning into secondary school, we aspire that children are fluent, confident and able readers, who can access a range of texts for pleasure and enjoyment, as well as use their reading skills to unlock learning and all areas of the curriculum.
High quality texts that inspire reading and writing are at the core of our English curriculum. This means that, by the time our children leave Year 6, they will have been immersed in a wide and diverse range of excellent children’s literature. By the time they leave The Greville, children will be able to read and will show increasing confidence, resilience and independence in both their reading and their reading skills so that they continue to become lifelong readers.
- Children will have a love of reading and develop preferences on what type of genre or topic they like to read.
- Children will have a book appropriate to their developing phonic knowledge and matched to their fluency and understanding.
- Children will be exposed to a range of different genres and authors.
- Children will be able to understand what is read to them and answer questions including making inferences and making connections between texts.
- Children will be placed on the correct book band and make progress through the book bands in relation to their phonic knowledge and age-related expectation. Every child will make progress from their starting point.
- Children with SEND will develop reading skills and knowledge and begin to apply this across the curriculum to prepare them for the next stage of their education.