Reading in KS1
Our aim when teaching the children to read is that they become fluent in word recognition, but equally good at language comprehension. Most importantly, we want the children to enjoy reading.
As parents, the most effective way for you to help your child is to read to them every day. Children who are read to are more interested and motivated to become readers themselves. It is also a good opportunity to introduce new ideas and vocabulary. The children bring library books home from school for you to share together and your local library is a good source of a wide range of books. Please discuss the stories with your child, asking questions like “What do you think will happen next?” or “Why did they do that?” and at the end of the book you could talk about whether they had enjoyed the story and see if they can tell you the order of events in the story.
The children also bring home a reading book from our reading scheme. The books available to children come from a variety of different reading schemes. This is to enable children to have access to a variety of books and styles. Most of the books that we use for early reading are from the Oxford Reading Tree. Initially, the words in these books will mostly be decodable using the phonemes which we have learnt at school. However, the reading scheme is only one part of the reading curriculum and at other times, they may bring home ‘tricky word’ cards or captions to read. We encourage the children in Reception and Key Stage 1 to read to an adult for 15 minutes a day and for adults to record the child’s reading in their Reading Diary, which provides an excellent way for parents and class teachers to communicate about their progress in reading.
We follow the Letters and Sounds phonics programme.
For information on how we teach phonics, click on the this link:
Phonics in the EYFS
In our EYFS class we follow the Letters and Sound programme in our phonics. In September we recap the Phase 1 learning that your child might have experienced in their preschool. We then move onto phase 2-4 during the Reception year. Please look at the Sparrow Class page for more details of each phase as we teach them.
Reading in the EYFS
In our EYFS we support our children's reading through a banded reading selection. We follow the Oxford Reading Tree book banding but as a school we have supplemented this scheme to broaden the breadth of reading our children experience. For example we have added comic strip books, non-fiction and phonics books. Our children also visit the library each week to take home a story book of their choice to encourage the children's love for reading.
Phonics at Key Stage 1 in Teversham.
In KS1 at our school our children continue with the Letters and Sounds phonics programme. We build on the children's learning from our EYFS class. We support our children with their Phase 5 and 6 phonics. In Year 1 all children undertake the National Phonics Screening where they read some real and alien words. In Year 1 we help them prepare for this screening throughout the year. In Year 2 we continue to embed the phonics taught in the EYFS and Year 1. If any children have not met the expected level of achievement in their year 1 screening we offer additional support for them in Year 2 where they can retake the screening.
Reading at KS1
In KS1 we continue to support our children's reading through our banded reading selection. We follow the Oxford Reading Tree book banding but as a school we have supplemented this scheme to broaden the breadth of reading our children experience. For example we have added comic strip books, non-fiction and phonics books.
Reading at KS2
In Key Stage 2, children continue with the Oxford Reading Tree bands; these are supplemented with a variety of other texts to ensure a breadth of reading experiences. Once our children are fluent readers, they have the opportunity to choose from our free reading range. To ensure that all children experience more challenging texts regardless of their reading level, each Key Stage 2 class have shared class book. For example: Varjak Paw, Who Let The Gods Out? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
We introduced a new handwriting scheme in September 2015 as one of the ways we are working at improving presentation and handwriting across the school.
Letter Joins is a cursive script and is simple to learn as all the letters start on the line.
The link to the website can be found below and log ins for parents were sent out earlier this term. If you need to be reminded of the log in please see the school office or your child's class teacher. It is very important that the log in is not shared with anyone other than parents and carers within the school community.
This is the link to the Letter Joins Handwriting scheme we are now using in school. It is interactive and has demonstrations on how to form each of the letters, as well as activities. Please see your child's class teacher for log ins.