Reading is making meaning from print.
It requires that we:
· Identify the words in print – a process called word recognition.
· Construct an understanding from them – a process called comprehension.
· Coordinate identifying words and making meaning so that reading is automatic and accurate – an achievement called fluency.
As children move through EYFS and KS1, they develop their skills in decoding through Read, Write, INC. The books children bring home are used to practise consolidating the phonic strategies they have been working on in school. By the time they reach KS2, most children have mastered their phonic skills and the balance moves towards making meaning from the text and developing fluency. At this point, children start accessing the Accelerated Reader Programme. Children choose a book, read it and then take a quiz to test their understanding.