Teaching a child to read is vital. We use a range of strategies, in addition to phonics, such as a variety of decoding methods, teaching high frequency words through sight recognition, discussion through picture books and toe by toe interventions.
Our school is renowned for working with many external partnerships and through the many connections such as inspirational writers/authors (Cressida Cowell) it allows us to improve and enhance our resources and inspire our pupils to love reading. National and Multinational businesses stock our extensive library.
Businesses’ volunteers enhance our reading provision every week hearing our vulnerable readers. This is through the ‘Right to Read’ programme. In addition, we have Beanstalk readers who work with children every week.
From Reception to Yr4, reading is taught through a carousel of activities. These activities include reading with a teacher or teaching assistant and written comprehensions. Yrs5 and 6 are taught through whole class reading. Children have focussed guided reading sessions each week and are expected to complete one written comprehension in that time.
One to one reading occurs in Reception and vulnerable readers are identified in each class to ensure reading progression and a love of reading. During the reading sessions, there is an emphasis on vocabulary, the retrieval of facts and inference. Novels are used to teach reading as well as a range of non-fiction texts. These texts are carefully chosen to ensure that there is progression and challenge across the school.
At Parklands, we aim to develop a love of reading, so children are encouraged to read for pleasure at home and school. Teachers read a variety of high-quality texts to the children on a regular basis.
We currently use a range of different reading schemes to meet the interests and individual need of each and every child.
At Parklands Primary we follow the Letters and Sounds scheme of phonics teaching. Each child in Reception and Yr1 has a daily, minimum 20-minute phonics lesson, following the teaching sequence of revisit/ review – teach – practise – apply. In Yr2, children access a balance of both phonic and spelling punctuation and grammar (SPAG) lessons based on their individual needs and attainment. Reception and KS1 children are either taught as a whole class or sometimes put into small groups, based on regular assessments so that children’s learning needs are accurately matched to the correct provision. Small phonic sessions or interventions are delivered by teaching assistants and overseen by the class teacher, to provide complimentary teaching.
Sessions are lively, fast-paced and fun. In a session children are taught either phonemes/ digraphs/ trigraphs, high frequency and/or tricky words and these are consolidated through reading and writing. There is an emphasis on paired work and lots of opportunities to speak and listen, as well as to read and write the sounds.
At the end of Year 1 children have to take the national Phonics Test which tests children’s phonic knowledge. Here, they are required to read real and non-sense words, applying the skills they have learnt. Ideally children will have completed and consolidated Phase 5 during Year 1 and Phase 6 during Year 2, so that they can focus more on higher-level comprehension using increasingly challenging texts. Any child that does not complete the phonics programme will continue learning phonics throughout Year 3/4 during interventions.