The teaching of reading here at Saint Stephen’s consists of two dimensions: word reading and comprehension (both when listening to texts and reading them).
Our teaching focuses on developing pupils’ competence in both dimensions; we understand different kinds of teaching are needed for each.
In our study of Reading at St Stephen’s, we intend that our children will:
READING PROGRESSION DOCUMENT
Phonics for Reading :
The systematic teaching of phonics has a high priority throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.
Phonics is taught daily to all children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and those in Year 2 who have not passed phonics screening in Year 1.
Where necessary, a small number of children throughout Key Stage 2 continue with Phonics to aid their reading development.
Staff systematically teach learners the relationship between sounds and the written spelling patterns, or graphemes, which represent them.
Phonics is delivered daily:
Early Reading in YR/1/2
All children are provided with Bug Club phonetically decodable books alongside online ActiveLearn Bug Club books which can be accessed at home. All early reading books are placed according to their phonic content in order to ensure progression for children. Children are also given the opportunity to take home a 'reading for pleasure' book that is not matched to their phonics phase but can be enjoyed with others at home.
Children are formally assessed half termly on their progression through the phonics programme ( data is recorded on in-house individual assessment sheets / online system Otrack). This information forms part of the overall assessment as to progression through the reading scheme.
The children are required to read a Reading Scheme book at least 3 times until end of Phase 5.
1.Initial decoding, understanding of content/ new vocabulary
2.Prosody read to focus on aspects such as fluency, pace and expression
3.Comprehension read to check understanding of what has been read
Last week of each half term in Y1/2 (in place of Guided Reading session):
Reading Running Record to be completed for each child to assess progress required on scheme. Unfamiliar books will be used for this assessment.
End of YR :
Reading Running Record to be completed for transition information into Y1.
Reading across school:
Reading forms the core of our English curriculum. In order to expose children to a variety of genres, books are purposefully selected by teachers in order to promote a love of reading, engagement and high quality writing from each child. Where possible, books are chosen with cross-curricular links to give learning more purpose and to make it more memorable. Our chosen books are then used within a learning journey, exposing our pupils to inference, high-level vocabulary, a range of punctuation and grammatical concepts
In Reception and KS1, guided reading takes place with an adult, in small groups, three times a week. During these sessions, adults follow the same three read system that is followed at home:
1. Decode read
2. Prosody read
3. Comprehension read
Each session is recorded in reading records. For those children reading Phase 2 - 4 books, this guided reading book is then sent home on Friday for children to continue reading at home for the following week. This ensures children are able to confidently decode unfamiliar words, read with fluency, expression and pace and are confident in discussing what they have read with an adult at home.
In Year 2, children will begin to transition to the way guided reading is taught in KS2. The introduction of VIPERS style questions ensures children are developing their written comprehension skills in preparation for SATs.
In KS2, reading is taught as a whole class and is based on weekly themes. These themes immerse the children in a range of high quality texts. We use VIPERS (<--) to support the children in their understanding of the high quality texts they are exposed to.
Reading for Pleasure:
At St. Stephen's, we strive to foster a love of reading both in school and at home. To ensure that all children have access to a range of books, all classrooms have a focus reading area that children are free to use as they wish. Children also have access to a library which they are given the chance to visit fortnightly to choose a book to read for pleasure.
We also encourage reading for pleasure within the classroom environment. Children are regularly given opportunities to read a book of their choice within the school day and are also able to listen to the class teacher reading a shared class book. This provides a quality model for reading and time for children to enjoy being read to.
Reading is not only celebrated during lessons at St. Stephen's. Throughout the school year, the importance of reading is enhanced through World Book Day, author visits, parent reading workshops and Bedtime Stories. We also aim to regularly utilise the local library in Skipton through visits to borrow books throughout the year. All of these opportunities assist in enriching and complimenting the children’s learning.
• Children will have a love of reading.
• Pupils enjoy reading regularly for information and for pleasure.
• Pupils discuss books with excitement and interest.
• Pupils will have a good understanding of a range of genres.
• All pupils will learn to read, regardless of their background, needs or abilities and will make
• The will be no significant gaps in the progress of different groups of pupils (e.g. disadvantaged vs
• Children will use their Reading skills as a key tool in helping them to learn, and as a result, know more, remember more and understand more.
• Pupils will have a wide vocabulary that they use within their writing.
• Children are confident in taking risks within their reading, challenging themselves to try something different.
• Children are equipped with the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society both now and in their future.
100 Book Challenge - Years 1 and 2
100 Book Challenge - Years 3 and 4
100 Book Challenge - Years 5 and 6