Our Approach to Reading
Warren Farm Primary is a Quality Mark, Basic Skills School. We place great importance on the teaching of reading. It is our philosophy that reading, and the enjoyment of reading, opens the world to our children and is the key to success in all curriculum areas.
We have a very structured approach to the “teaching of reading” and this begins in our Nursery where the children start to develop their listening skills. The children are taught their initial sounds and later in the year they progress to segmenting and blending (the jolly phonics program.) The children are sent home with a library book in their first few weeks and when they are ready we begin to teach sight vocabulary and sentence structure.
Our Reception children have guided reading sessions several times each week using the “Jelly and Bean” scheme. During these sessions emphasis is placed on teaching what we call “the essence of reading”: phonic knowledge; high frequency words; sentence and story structure; how words work (grammar); summarising and scanning; how punctuation works and making predictions.
As the children move to Key Stage 1 they progress onto our “Bug Club” scheme which they can also access as homework from a link on our website. The children have two guided reading sessions a week and there is a heavy emphasis on “booktalk” during these sessions. We place great importance on children understanding what they are reading and beginning to question for themselves. They begin to talk and discuss likes and dislikes and to identify puzzles, patterns within texts.
KS1 into KS2
The P.M. Starters reading scheme is used from the end of Year 1 and we expect the majority of our pupils to have completed this scheme by the end of Year 4.
In Key Stage 2 the children have the opportunity to choose guided reading books from our schools selected titles. As the children move through Key Stage 2, we encourage them to become confident readers, but more than this to develop a “love” for books and to enjoy the full range of literature available.
As the children enter Key Stage 2 the children’s phonic and sight vocabulary and key reading skills are developed. The emphasis in guided reading groups moves onto the teaching of “purpose” of text and origin, the audience, emotive language and feelings, building subject specific vocabulary, summarising and drawing out main events, author intent, question analysis and retrieval of information through the use of dictionaries, atlases, catalogues, information texts and subject specific texts linked to the Topic Curriculum.
We also read stories to the children daily and have regular “story times” with parents and children. We love the children to read for pleasure, so many opportunities are given for them to read to themselves at quiet times. Children who are struggling are withdrawn for a focused intervention.
All our children from Nursery to Year 6 have a book to take home to share with their parents.
We have focused reading schemes that run through the school, however, we do not limit ourselves to these schemes as we believe that children should have a rich and wide reading experience.
We also use focused schemes that are matched to the needs of the individual child.
Nursery / Reception: Jelly and Bean, Bug Club
Year 1: Bug Club
Year 2: Bug Club / P.M. Starters
Year 3 – 6: P.M. Starters / “Real Books” / Project X.
All children have focused teaching of reading during the week and focused comprehension linked to their book and/or using Nelson Comprehension from Year 1 upwards.
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