Phonics and Reading

How do we teach reading in our academy?

At Milton Primary, teaching children to read is an essential part of our curriculum.  We value the importance it has on enabling children to access the whole curriculum and strive to promote a love of reading throughout the academy.  As your child moves through the academy, their reading experiences will change to reflect the increasing level of texts they will read.  The following points outline the structures in place.

Early Years

  • Children take part in a daily phonics lesson to build their knowledge of sounds and to learn how to blend sounds together to read words. The phonics programme is called ‘Read Write Inc’
  • Children bring letter sounds on a key-ring and blending cards home to practise.
  • Children bring high frequency flashcards home on a key-ring to practise.
  • Children choose a library every week to share with their grown ups over the weekend.
  • A school reading book linked to your child’s reading ability will be sent home on a daily basis for you to enjoy some reading time at home with your child. This should be recorded in your child’s reading log.
  • Children are exposed to class reads and oral storytelling to help expand their knowledge.
  • Reading books and activities are available throughout the day for your child to access indoors and out.
  • We access the Booktime initiative to ensure each child receives two free story books and can become a member of Hanley Library.

 

Key Stage 1

  • Children take part in a daily phonics lesson to build their knowledge of sounds and words using the ‘Read Write Inc’ published scheme.
  • Children will visit our class library every week to choose a book they wish to read.
  • A reading book linked to your child’s reading ability will be sent home on a daily basis for you to enjoy some reading time at home with your child. This should be recorded in your child’s reading log.
  • Every child can take part in our school reading challenge. Children can achieve different awards, depending on the amount of entries in their reading logs.
  • Children will have a daily guided reading session where they complete a mixture of teacher led and independent reading activities. Their progress in reading is assessed, monitored and recorded during these sessions.

 

Key Stage 2

  • Children have the opportunity to read for enjoyment once a week, this can be a book from home or school. On the other days children will read a book specific to their level, this has been selected by the Class Teacher, to move the children’s learning forward.
  • Children will be allowed to choose a library book once a week.
  • Once children have moved on from our school’s banded reading scheme, children are free to choose their own reading books. Each child will have a reading log to record their independent reading.  This will be monitored regularly by their class teacher to check what and how often they are reading!
  • Children will take part in a weekly reading session where they complete a mixture of teacher led and independent reading activities. Their progress in reading is assessed, monitored and recorded during these sessions.
  • Children will be given the opportunity to develop their reading skills across the curriculum, exposing them to a range of genre types.
  • If children require support they will take part in the rapid reading program, whereby they receive three 45 minutes sessions on a weekly basis. The children will not be taken out of core subjects for this intervention.