We use the new national curriculum to deliver our reading curriculum.
All children are encouraged to take books home to share and parents are actively encouraged to talk to their children about what they have read to check their understanding and challenge their thinking. Children are heard reading in school and teachers used targeted questioning in order to encourage children to fully engage with what they have read and consider various areas such as writers' language choices, the effect of these on the reader and the overall purpose of the text.
Children are given plentiful opportunities to practise their reading skills in a cross curricular way, as reading forms part of each and every lesson in a variety of different ways.
Phonics is taught for approximately 20 minutes each day in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 classes. It also extends into Key Stage 2 where children have not yet gained a sound phonological understanding. The school phonics programme follows the ‘Read Write Inc’ document. It is vital that children do not have gaps in their understanding and for that reason a whole school phonics assessment is completed. This follows the children throughout school so that any gaps in their understanding can be targeted and rectified.