At Kirklevington we believe that reading is a vital skill and as such we have a rich literary environment, which promotes a love of books, an enjoyment of reading for pleasure and a mastery of this essential life skill.
We are rigorous in our approach, making sure that our phonic teaching is fun, frequent, fast and faithful. Research evidence has shown that the most effective way to teach phonics is by using one main programme (in our case Letters and Sounds).
This can be complimented and enriched by other materials and we use the Jolly Phonics Programme to make our early phonics learning fun, successful and accessible for all learners.
Letters and Sounds is a focused teaching strategy that teaches children how the alphabet works for reading and spelling.
Letters and Sounds is taught through 6 phases.
Phase 1 supports the development of speaking and listening.
Phase 2-5 is a systematic approach to phonics teaching and word recognition skills
Phase 6 focuses on word-specific spellings and the rules for spelling alternatives.
Letters and Sounds is taught as a discrete 20-25 minute session each day. Each lesson follows the structure of review, teach, practise and apply.
Phoneme frames are sent home with Reception and Key Stage One children when they are ready, to allow parents to support their child at home.
Why not visit PhonicsPlay and Family Learning (external links) to play some games and see for yourself!
While phonics is an important part of reading and spelling, we recognise that children also need a key sight vocabulary from an early stage to develop their fluency and confidence in reading. We use Action Words from Reception for reading and spelling, which are shared with parents to allow them to support their child at home.
Children from Year 1 upwards who might have some difficulties with phonic acquisition and/or reading comprehension are given access to additional sessions using Rapid Phonics, Styles comprehension, Dandelion Reading, Magic Belt, Totem and Talisman Reading Schemes. These programmes allow for targeted support on specific areas in small groups as appropriate. Children accessing these groups are assessed and the specific phonemes, graphemes and key words in need of development are identified for precision intervention.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
From Year 3 to Year 6 (or earlier if appropriate) children access a daily lesson in spelling, punctuation and grammar. We follow the Big Spelling programme, where children are assessed and monitored to ensure they are receiving spelling at the appropriate level for them. The spelling rule is a focus for teaching, re-enforced using programmes such as Word Shark and Magic Spelling as appropriate.
The content of spelling, punctuation and Grammar sessions is re-enforced across the curriculum and children are expected to show these skills consistently in all work.
From Nursery children are encouraged to take books home to share with parents. This continues into Reception where sharing books are replaced by reading scheme books when each child is ready.
Throughout KS1, pupils are provided with a range of fiction and non-fiction books which are regularly changed to aid progression with their reading. We use Pearson’s Reading Bug scheme, which was chosen by staff and children. In addition to this we use books from other schemes including Pearson’s Phonics Bug and Collins Big Cat Phonics, as well as ‘real’ books. All of our books for reading in school and at home are banded to ensure that progression is consistent.
As pupils move into KS2 they continue to follow the Pearson’s Reading Bug scheme in order that they learn more advanced deduction and inference skills.
We have daily Guided Reading sessions in all classes which are structured in a carousel for children to rotate around throughout the week. Across the week children will take part in a reading session with the class teacher, as well as other structured reading activities. Guided Reading sessions are used to develop decoding strategies and comprehension skills.
Each class teacher has a hot read in their class book area which is a book which they recommend children in their class to read. These books change regularly and are a mixture of classic tales and more contemporary new fiction and non-fiction.
Reading Across the Curriculum
Our pupils learn through a creative curriculum which provides them with the skills to research a theme using a variety of non-fiction texts. In every classroom there is a book corner filled with books to support our curriculum topics and for children to enjoy.
If you would like access to some fantastic eBooks, why not visit www.oxfordowl.co.uk (external link). There are over 260 free books for parents to read with their child at home with lots of ideas on how to support your child with reading.
We are developing our library with the help of Mrs Dawson, Conyers School Librarian. We have a group of trained Junior Librarians, who work with Mrs Newton at lunchtimes in the library.
Parents in Partnership
Parents are invited to attend Phonic and Reading workshops to find out more about how they can support children at home with reading. All children have Reading Record books, which have comments from home and school inside. Children are expected to read at home every night and to bring book bags to school every day.
If you would like to know more about reading at Kirklevington Primary School, feel free to contact us and ask for Mrs. Moralee or Mrs. Leaper who will be able to give you more information