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Aldermans Green Primary

Reading

THE TEACHING OF READING

Learning to read is one of the most important things 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.
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We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we work hard to make sure children develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.

FOUNDATION STAGE AND KEY STAGE 1

We start by teaching phonics in Reception using the highly successful ‘Read Write Inc’ phonics programme. Children learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well. The children also practise reading (and spelling) ‘tricky words’, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’. Once children can blend sounds together to read words, they practise reading books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. They start to believe they can read and this does wonders for their confidence. Teachers regularly read to the children, too, so the children get to know and love all sorts of stories, poetry and information books. This helps to extend children’s vocabulary and comprehension, as well as supporting their writing.
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Some older children will continue to access Read Write Inc groups if they need further consolidation and development of reading skills. We check children’s reading skills regularly to ensure they are getting all the support they need to read confidently. In school we have made a significant investment in a variety of reading schemes to encourage your child to access a range of texts suited to their own personal interests while also extending their reading ability and confidence. The schemes include: Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat, Sunshine Spirals and Floppy phonic. Pupils also have access to a significant ‘library’ collection of books.

KEY STAGE 2

In KS2 we continue to use the Read Write Inc programme as an intervention to support pupils whose reading skills are delayed.  Reading is taught in class using the Reciprocal Reading approach.  It is an effective and proven approach to developing reading and comprehension.
Home reading books are matched to pupils ability using Accelerated Reader.  Pupils take half termly comprehension tests, using an online system, to determine their reading ability and age.  This programme also identifies where areas of support for reading are required.  Pupils then choose their reading book from our extensive school library, which is colour matched to the Accelerated Reader programme.
If you require any further information or have any questions relating to the curriculum at Alderman’s Green Community Primary School, please do not hesitate to contact our school office for further details.