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At St. Being able to read is the most important skill children will learn during their early schooling and has far-reaching implications for lifelong learning and well-being. Such work should be set within a broad and rich language curriculum.
It is essential that our approach to teaching phonics and reading is accessible to all learners, regardless of background. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revisedwhich is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in Nursery and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progressionwhich ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school. As a result, all our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words as they read.
We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects. By the time children leave us, they read confidently for meaning and regularly enjoy reading for pleasure. Our readers are equipped with the tools to tackle unfamiliar vocabulary. We encourage our children to see themselves as readers for both pleasure and purpose. Because we believe teaching every child to read is so important, we have a Reading Leader who drives the early reading programme in our school.
This person is highly skilled at teaching phonics and reading, and they monitor and support our reading team, so everyone teaches with fidelity to the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme. Foundations for phonics in Nursery. We believe the importance of getting children off to a good start with reading cannot be overstated. We understand that key features of a rich curriculum which are essential to Phase One and beyond are the range and depth of language experienced by the children.
In foundation stage we have 6 texts which we focus on each half term. You can see these on our half termly knowledge organisers. Daily phonics lessons in Reception and Year 1. Daily Keep-up lessons ensure every child learns to read. Teaching reading: Reading practice sessions three times a week. Home reading. Additional reading support for vulnerable children. Ensuring consistency and pace of progress. Ensuring reading for pleasure. We value reading for pleasure highly and work hard as a school to grow our Reading for Pleasure pedagogy.
Assessment is used to monitor progress and to identify any child needing additional support as soon as they need it. Statutory assessment. Ongoing assessment for catch-up. In fact, we are a community of readers! Research tells us that there reading for pleasure improves life chances OESD,educational outcomes Sullivan and Brown, and has a positive impact on mental wellbeing The Reading Agency Children engage with high quality texts, delving deep into the characters and themes of the texts they study.
This reading then inspires fantastic written work and responses. It helps my spelling, vocabulary and punctuation. Children has access Love in elwick Bug Club to develop their reading fluency.
Children can access a wide range of fiction and information texts in paper or online form. Children read to an adult in school and are encouraged to read at home as well. Our Reading Records help us to communicate between home and school. We enjoy reading the variety of texts these authors have created and learn about these in more detail.
Our pupils tell us that that the Author of the Half Term helps them to find books and authors they love. These passports encourage children to broaden their reading diet across a range of genres and styles as well as giving them opportunity to re-visit prior learning through a selection of carefully chosen non-fiction texts.
In Early Years we have amazing story sacks.
Maisie and Annie are two special visitors who come to our schools with their owner Mrs. These special visitors are our reading dogs. They listen to the children read to them and enjoy nothing more than story and a cuddle with the children! Reading to Masie and Annie help to develop reading confidence and expression. Children in KS1 and lower KS2 visit the Central Library in Hartlepool — strengthening our love of reading, accessing an even wider range of texts and teaching children how to use their local library and its range of services.
In addition, our schools have their own librarians. These children work very hard to ensure our libraries are a welcoming space.
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Implementation Foundations for phonics in Love in elwick We believe the importance of getting children off to a good start with reading cannot be overstated. These include: sharing high-quality stories and poems learning a range of nursery rhymes and action rhymes activities that develop focused listening and attention, including oral blending attention to high-quality language.
We ensure Nursery children are well prepared to begin learning grapheme-phoneme correspondences GPCs and blending in Reception. Daily phonics lessons in Reception and Year 1 We teach phonics for 30 minutes a day. In Reception, we build from minute lessons, with additional daily oral blending games, to the full-length lesson as quickly as possible. Children make a strong start in Reception: teaching begins in Week 2 of the Autumn term.
We follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised expectations of progress : Children in Reception are taught to read and spell words using Phase 2 and 3 GPCs, and words with adjacent consonants Phase 4 with fluency and accuracy. Children in Year 1 review Phase 3 and 4 and are taught to read and spell words using Phase 5 GPCs with fluency and accuracy. Daily Keep-up lessons ensure every child learns to read Any child who needs additional practice has daily Keep-up support, taught by a fully trained adult.
Keep-up lessons match the structure of class teaching, and use the same procedures, resources and mantras, but in smaller steps with more repetition, so that every child secures their learning. We timetable daily phonics lessons for any child in Year 2 or 3 who is not fully fluent at reading or has not passed the Phonics Screening Check. These children urgently need to catch up, so the gap between themselves and their peers does not widen. We use the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised assessments to identify the gaps in their phonic knowledge and teach to these using the Keep-up resources — at pace.
These short, sharp lessons last 10 minutes and take place at least three times a week. Teaching reading: Reading practice sessions Love in elwick times a week We teach children to read through reading practice Love in elwick three times a week.
The reading practice sessions have been deed to focus on three key reading skills: decoding prosody: teaching children to read with understanding and expression comprehension: teaching children to understand the text. In Reception these sessions start in Week 4. Children who are not yet decoding have daily additional blending practice in small groups, so that they quickly learn to blend and can begin to read books. In Year 2 and 3, we continue to teach reading in this way for any children who still need to practise reading with decodable books.
Home reading The decodable reading practice book is taken home to ensure success is shared with the family. Reading for pleasure books also go home for parents to share and read to children. Additional reading support for vulnerable children Children in Reception and Year 1 who are receiving additional phonics Keep-up sessions read their reading practice book to an adult daily. Ensuring consistency and pace of progress Every teacher in our school has been trained to teach reading, so we have the same expectations of progress.
Weekly content grids map each element of new learning to each day, week and term for the duration of the programme. Lesson templates, Prompt cards and How to videos ensure teachers all have a consistent approach and structure for each lesson.
The Reading Leader and SLT use the Audit and Prompt cards to regularly monitor and observe teaching; they use the summative data to identify children who need additional support and gaps in learning. We read to children every day. Every classroom has an inviting book corner that encourages a love for reading. We curate these books and talk about them to entice children to read a wide range of books. Visits to the local library will also be arranged for children. The school library is made available for classes to use at protected times.
Children across the school have regular opportunities to engage with a wide range of Reading for Pleasure events book fairs, author visits and workshops, national events etc. Impact Assessment Assessment is used to monitor progress and to identify any child needing additional support as soon as they need it.
Assessment for learning is used: daily within class to identify children needing Keep-up support weekly in the Review lesson to assess gaps, address these immediately and secure fluency of GPCs, words and spellings. Summative assessment is Love in elwick every six weeks to assess progress, to identify gaps in learning that need to be addressed, to identify any children needing additional support and to plan the Keep-up support that they need.
Any child not passing the check re-sits it in Year 2. Love of Reading At St.Love in elwick
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