At Caedmon Primary School, children are encouraged to read at home every day. In Foundation Stage, children begin by taking home wordless books, to allow them to spend time talking to a parent about the book, without being constrained by the necessity to read words. Once children have a good understanding of how books work and have gained some phonics knowledge, they begin to read books containing simple words which can be blended or sounded out.
The reading books are colour banded and, as children become more confident and able readers, they will take home books from different colour bands. The books in the first few colour bands are primarily phonics based, allowing children to apply their phonics knowledge. Once children become fluent readers, a range of books is provided to allow children to engage in more lengthy discussions about the content of the book.
We use a range of published schemes including Oxford Songbirds and Heinemann Story worlds in Key Stage 1 and Project X, Collins Big Cat and Treetops in Key Stage 2.
Parents have a role and responsibility to support their child’s reading by allocating time to read with them. Reading stories to children is a valuable activity that parents can do at home, perhaps at bedtime. Listening to children read, helping them break words down, sound words out, work out words from the context of the sentence are all valuable strategies parents can employ as well as asking children for a recap of the story or prediction or asking questions to check they have understood – reading is not just about decoding words.
Celebrations such as World Book Day are actively promoted in school to encourage a reading environment.
Read Write Inc
At Caedmon, we follow the Read, Write, Inc. synthetic phonics program developed by Ruth Miskin. We teach phonics every day for 15 minutes in Reception and for 45 minutes per day in Key Stage 1 and 2. The Read, Write, Inc. program is proven to develop: “fluent, enthusiastic readers; deep comprehension of texts; confident speakers; and keen writers”. Children are streamed into ability groups across the school to ensure they are sufficiently challenged. The skills children learn in their phonics sessions aid their development in other subject areas, particularly Literacy. With a little help from ‘Fred the Frog’, children learn how to decode words using phonic knowledge, becoming confident readers.
For more information, visit our 'Read, Write, Inc.' page;