At Rosslyn Park we aim to develop enthusiastic, confident readers who read a wide range of texts for interest and enjoyment, and for information across the curriculum.
We invest heavily in reading at Rosslyn Park because it is the key to understanding and learning in every element of the curriculum, and in the world beyond our school gates.
We expect every child to read at home at least four times each week.
In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 We use Read Write Inc to teach our children to read.
Read Write Inc. Phonics is a programme that uses systematic phonics to teach all children to read.
It lasts two years for most children – if they start to learn to read in the Reception class. (There are some children with learning difficulties who spend longer on the programme.)
We teach the sounds first – in a specific order.
We then teach your children to blend those sounds together in order to read words.
The children read words in the matched Storybooks. Each Storybook is carefully matched to the sounds they can already read – setting them up for success.
We read to children ‘real’ books’. Once they have learnt to read, they will be able to independently read these books for themselves.
When teaching phonics we use pure sounds.
We use pure sounds (‘m’ not’ muh’, ’s’ not ‘suh’, etc.) so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily.
Children need to know sounds – not letter names – to read words.
Follow the link below to hear how we pronounce the pure sounds.
For further information on how we teach your children to read and how you can support them at home follow the link below.
Additionally, we have one ‘Reading Recovery’ teacher in school, who works with children from Year 1 who are not yet reading at an age-related level.
In Key Stage 2, reading is taught through a shared reading approach. Teaching focuses on developing children’s comprehension and enjoyment by:
- developing children’s ability to understand and summarise what they have read across a range of fiction and non-fiction
- teaching the skills of inference and deduction and how to apply this to a range of texts and genres
- developing children’s ability to analyse the use of language and structural features used by an author
- discussing and evaluating texts with reference to their socio-cultural contexts
In Years 2 – 6, improvements made through Reading Recovery and Read Write Inc in Year 1 are consolidated by participation in Read Write Inc phonics tutoring, Reciprocal Reading and Read Write Inc fresh start in Key Stage 2.
You can find out more about Reading Recovery by following the link below.