Reading at Green Gates is exciting and inspiring. We create a love of reading with a variety of techniques. Our children see reading as an enjoyable activity and a transferrable skill.
We want children to understand that reading skills can help them to access a range of texts and information from different viewpoints and cultures.
As a school, we aim to:
– Encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live;
– Establish an appreciation and love of reading;
– Gain knowledge across the curriculum and develop their comprehension skills.
– Ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education.
Implementation – EYFS
Reading is essential in a child’s all round development and for enabling them to be successful in later life. Through a progressive, systematic and multi sensory approach, children will develop the necessary skills and fluency to be successful readers. Children need to develop their speaking and listening skills, vocabulary development and the process of word recognition to enable them to become confident readers. In EYFS, they will be exposed to a language rich environment and will share stories, songs and rhymes to enable them to develop a love of reading and build a bank of vocabulary which can be built on in later school.
Implementation – EYFS into Key Stage One
At Green Gates, we teach reading through the Read Write Inc. approach, alongside interactive activities, to develop confident, resilient readers. The programme begins in Reception and pupils continue until they have completed all of the units.
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.
All staff at Green Gates are highly skilled and phonics is delivered daily in small groups.
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.
Where can I find out more about RWI?
The official Read Write Inc website, provides all the information you need to support your child through the programme.
Implementation – Key Stage Two
Once children complete our Read Write Inc. phonics programme, normally at the end of Year 2, they move onto focusing on reading comprehension and as a school we teach whole class reading sessions using an approach known as DERIC. As part of this, we explicitly talk about and discuss the following specific reading skills:
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
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.
Each year group has a class novel (3 per year) which they study for a term.
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 and express opinions and preferences – clearly justifying their reasons.
As a school, we also use Lexia, a very personalised approach to reading. Pupils enjoy using their iPads to access Lexia reading.
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.