Reading Children are individuals. They learn things in different ways and enjoy variety in how their learning is acquired. To enable this to happen we consider how opportunities to learn and to develop literacy skills through lessons involving performing arts, ICT, design technology and art are all provided.
Reading and Phonics At High View Primary, our aims are to support children in becoming confident, fluent and expressive readers who can derive meaning and information from a variety of texts. We try hard to help the children develop a lifelong passion for reading.
EYFS and Key Stage One Reading is taught through a range of methods which meet the expectations of the National Curriculum. Within the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, children are taught synthetic phonics using Read, Write Inc, therefore providing our children with the building blocks they need to decode words. This approach also supports the reading of sight vocabulary and high frequency words (those used most commonly in the English language). The children are encouraged to read a wide range of books, both fiction and non-fiction. They are introduced to reading books initially without words and then gradually build increasing the quantity and difficulty of the vocabulary within them. Children are encouraged to think carefully about what they are reading and are asked questions to ensure they understand the text.
Key Stage Two As children progress into Key Stage 2, more advanced reading skills are introduced, taught in both discrete and cross curricular ways. These may include inferring more complex ideas from a text to discussing why an author has used a certain technique in their story. All of these skills are taught to make children effective readers who are always intrigued and questioning what they have read.
Reading books are introduced in Foundation Stage 2 and are brought home on a daily basis.
Reading for Pleasure Although children are given the opportunity to read to an adult within school, we recommend that they are also heard as often as possible at home to further develop reading skills and reading a variety of books for pleasure. Once your child has read, it is important to ask them questions about the text to check understanding and develop comprehension skills. We also encourage children to take books home from our school library which they can enjoy reading and sharing at home. In conjunction with individual reading, children also read in groups. This is called guided reading and is performed weekly. During this time, children are able to share their thoughts and views on a range of text types and discuss key aspects of the texts. Again it is beneficial for your child’s development in reading if this sharing of views continues at home.
Reading is an essential skill and here at High View we are proud of how our children progress and achieve in this area.