At Abbots Hall Primary Academy, we see reading as an integral part of our school curriculum that impacts on all learning. We value the importance of being a confident reader and work hard to develop children’s reading skills. We want children to enjoy reading a wide range of different books and be able to talk about books and authors.
In our school, children participate in reading activities every day. These vary from taught sessions to opportunities for reading for pleasure and information. During Guided Group Reading and Shared Reading, children are taught and given opportunities to apply reading skills which include: phonics, sight vocabulary, contextual cues, comprehension, inference and deduction. Teachers use a range of carefully selected resources when teaching children to read. Every opportunity is seized throughout the day to enable pupils to use their reading skills when accessing other areas of the curriculum. On a daily basis, teachers read aloud to the children and engage them, through active discussions, in order to promote an enjoyment of reading and to expose them to a range of vocabulary that may be beyond their current reading ability. According to the Education Endowment Foundation these approaches, “…explicitly extend pupils’ spoken vocabulary…” and “…support learners’ articulation of ideas and spoken expression…”
Phonics is taught discretely from the Foundation Stage through to the end of Key Stage 1 using a combination of the Read Write Inc [RWI] scheme and Letters and Sounds. Year 1 pupils take part in the phonics screening in the summer term. Results of the screening are shared with parents at the end of the academic year. Older pupils who require more phonics skills are catered for through RWI Fresh Start intervention programmes.
All children are encouraged to read at home every evening either independently or with a sibling or an adult. They take home a reading book from the Oxford Reading Tree scheme and also have the option of choosing a book from their class library or the school library. This shared learning will help children to practice their reading skills and develop a lifelong love of reading.