Phonics and Reading
In school we teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds programme, supported by the use of Jolly Phonics kinaesthetic actions and stories.
As children move through the early stages of acquiring phonics, they practise by reading texts which are entirely decodeable for them from Floppy Phonics, Rigby Star, PM benchmark and Songbirds.
Once children have a secure knowledge of letter/sound correspondences and can blend words confidently, they access our Book Banded reading scheme which has books from various published schemes such as Oxford Reading Scheme/Storyworlds/Project X/Project X Code/Fireflies/Phonics Bug and Rigby Star. These schemes are designed to give children experience of a variety of reading genres. There are fiction and non-fiction books within each level.
Once children can read fluently and with a good understanding, they self- select books for independent reading from a selection of organised books. The books they choose are banded under the Accelerated Reader Scheme which is software we use to encourage, manage and monitor children’s reading practice. Teachers monitor children's reading each week and children are rewarded as a class for completing the expected reading at home. Once children have completed a book, they take a quiz on the book using Accelerated Reader. Children's progress on these is monitored closely and they move reading bands accordingly, when needed.
Class teachers also promote a love of reading by sharing what they are currently reading for pleasure on their classroom doors.
100 Read Challenge at Round House
Alongside the reading scheme, all children from Year 1 to Year 6 are invited to take part in the '100 Read Challenge'.
This challenge consists of 3 lists : Year 1 and 2, Year 3 and 4, Year 5 and 6. Within these lists are book titles which support and extend reading taught in school and promote a love of reading through favourite and well known books for children. The books were carefully chosen using resources and information from places like the CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education).
If a child manages to complete 100 titles from the list before they leave a key stage, they will receive a special award from the school, as well as having significantly improved their reading and overall academic performance.
There are regular opportunities for children to review the books and these are then displayed for people to read. Each half term teacher's also read and review books from the 100 read selection.
We were able to purchase many books for this through our 'Fun and Fit' Read'a'thon and also through donations from local businesses.
The book lists are attached below.