At Tweedmouth Prior Park First School we consider reading is the most important thing that a child can learn in our school. It is the key that opens all other curriculum areas. We use a range of different reading books including Oxford Primary PM story books which are meticulously crafted to introduce and reinforce high frequency words, Oxford University Press books including Project X and Rigby Rockets. All the reading books that we use are carefully levelled and promote a reading for meaning approach with natural language structures and rhythms of speech.
Staff hear children read during Guided Reading sessions.
Every child will read twice a week and will take home the book they are reading at school to practise at home. Guided reading books will be of an instructional level where a child would be expected to achieve between 90 – 94% accuracy. These books will challenge the children with new vocabulary and words as well as familiar words too. We also encourage children to read familiar books, in order to improve the pace and fluency with which they read.
At Tweedmouth Prior Park First School we use the Read Write Inc. phonics programme with some related reading books used in the early stages and other Read Write Inc. resources to support our phonics lessons.
We use the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to introduce reading and spelling phonetically regular words from the earliest days in Nursery and Reception and we also follow Read Write Inc. guidance for letter formation during the Foundation Stage.
In Reception, children have at least four lessons each week following the RWI (Read Write Inc) scheme. Children are grouped as soon as is applicable so that children are receiving the correct input to allow them to make the best possible progress.
Children continue to follow the RWI phonics programme in Year One and Year Two where it moves in to a more spelling based programme once the children have reached a certain level of phonic knowledge. This approach continues in Key Stage 2.
At all times children are encouraged to be independent. This in turn raises a child’s self esteem which gives them the confidence to read and write independently.
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