Teaching of Reading
The Teaching of Reading
At Carr Hill we strive for every child to become a confident and independent reader. We want every child to make the maximum amount of progress in reading during their time with us, but also to leave our school with a lifetime love of reading. We understand that being able to read provides children with access to the world around them and supports their ability to learn and develop in all other areas.
Reading is much more than being able to decipher the print in front of us; reading is about being able to understand what the writer is attempting to communicate. At Carr Hill, we teach synthetic phonics as our main strategy for decoding but this is supported by teaching sight vocabulary (key words), using picture cues and using the context of what we are reading to provide a sense of understanding. We use these reading characters to help young children develop an understanding of reading strategies. In Reception children have weekly 1:1 reading sessions with a key adult.
As children’s decoding improves during Key Stage 1 and into Key Stage 2, the focus becomes primarily on comprehension. Children are taught more about understanding the texts they read so that they can share literal answers but also express their responses to the texts and eventually interpret the writers’ intentions.
Throughout Key Stage 1 and 2, adults will hear children read through the Guided Reading approach. During this process, the children work in small groups, once a week, to read and share texts with a clear focus on reading objectives based on understanding what they are reading. Reading skills are continually embedded across the curriculum to allow children a wide range of reading experiences.
We use a variety of reading schemes across school; one of the main schemes we use is Oxford Reading Tree. However we know is important that children read a range of books which are written and structured in different ways so that children can develop interest as well as apply their reading in varying contexts. We look to use schemes from various publishers including: Rigby Star, Stroyworlds and Ginn Lighthouse. For more competent readers, the school provides and updates a good range of paperback books which are accessible throughout Key Stage 2.
For children who may struggle with reading or their reading skills are not at the expected level for their age will be involved in additional support programmes (e.g. Better Reading Partnership, Reading Recovery) which aim to provide intervention and diminish the differences as quickly as possible.
Reading at Home
We expect that children will read at home on a regular basis and support this by ensuring children always have a home reading book. This may be a book they have read during guided reading or it may be a new text to enjoy at home. We fully encourage parents/carers to share books at home with their children and support this through weekly parent and child library sessions in Nursery and Reception Classes.