How we teach reading at Green Gates Primary School
As soon as children begin their learning journey at Green Gates Primary School,they are taught using a systematic programme of phonics called Read Write Inc.
What is Read Write Inc?
Read Write Inc (RWI) is a consistent, rigorous and dynamic literacy programme to teach EVERY child to read by the age of six. Using synthetic phonics, children quickly learn to blend letter sounds together following a fun and effective programme.
Why use RWI?
The RWI programme has been proven to be a very successful method of teaching every child to read and write using phonics. Evidence of this can be found in the Ofsted Report, Reading by six: how the best schools do it.
Who will be following the programme?
All children in reception and KS1 will be following the programme. They will have already been assessed so will be put into groups and given the appropriate RWI reading and workbooks to follow. The programme can also be followed by older children to catch up.
How often will my child read with a teacher?
Children will read their RWI books every morning with a trained member of staff (Eg. the class teacher, teaching assistant, or other support staff). These books will be kept in school. Your child will still bring home a reading book and it is still important that you listen to your child read every day.
Where can I find out more about RWI?
The official Read Write Inc website, www.oup.com/oxed/primary/rwi/ provides all the information you need to support your child through the programme.http://www.oup.com/oxed/primary/rwi/forparents/ has loads of information for parents.
What reading schemes are used in school?
We use a variety of reading schemes within school to engage the children. These include, Project X and Oxford Reading Tree.
Once children complete our Read Write Inc. phonics programme, they move onto focusing on reading comprehension.
Enjoyment of reading is promoted through the study of a range of texts, including novels.
Group discussions enable the children to share opinions about themes in the story and to understand more complex language patterns. Once these discussions have taken place, children learn a range of skills to enable them to answer questions about a text. The children are taught the skills of simple information retrieval and shown how to gain a deeper understanding of the text using the complex skill of inference.
The ultimate aim is for children to become avid readers who are not only able to understand a text, but are able to make judgements, express opinions
and preferences – clearly justifying their reasons.
We explicitly talk about and discuss the following reading skills with children.
- Decode: Word Reading
- Explain: Discussing vocabulary in context and discussing understanding of whole texts
- Retrieve: Finding Information in the text
- Interpret: Inference skills with a emphasis on using evidence
- Choice: Focus on author’s choice of words and layout
Every child is expected to take a book home to read, and their parent/carer is expected to record in their home reading record on a daily basis. We encourage the children to read at home regularly and to reach the sun in our ‘Read for the Stars’ reading reward scheme.
At Green Gates Primary, every class has a reading area and a selection of books which the children can choose from to read for pleasure. We are also incredibly lucky to have a wonderful, immersive library where the children can relax and enjoy a book or two.