National Curriculum states, the programmes of study for reading at key stages 1 and 2 consist of two dimensions:
- word reading
- comprehension (both listening and reading).
It is essential that teaching focuses on developing pupils’ competence in both dimensions; different kinds of teaching are needed for each.
At Burnhope Primary, we want our children to leave primary school with a confidence and love of reading. We understand that It is essential that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence, to support them in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education and beyond.
Our children begin their reading journey in nursery, with listening to and experimenting with sounds. More formal phonics sessions, for nursery, begin in the Spring term, all children in nursery learn the single letter sounds (set 1) and begin to blend with the RWInc Phonics programme by Ruth Miskin.
In reception, children continue to develop their phonics and letter formation (sets 1-2) with learning more complex sounds (digraphs and trigraphs). Pupils are taught to read fluently, understand extended texts (both fiction and non-fiction) and are encouraged to read for pleasure.
Word reading and spelling continues after children have finished the phonics programme with RWInc. Spelling right up to year 6. Each KS2 child receives daily spelling practice.
As well as a robust phonics and spelling programme, we also promote children to read widely through linking text to foundation subjects, inviting authors in, use of Reading Plus and planned daily guided reading sessions with high quality text. By reading frequently throughout the day, we endeavour to increase pupils’ vocabulary because they encounter words they would rarely hear or use in everyday speech. Reading also feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.
At Burnhope Primary, we also provide library facilities where children can choose a book of their own interest. We set ambitious expectations for reading at home by offering incentives and prizes for those reading consistently.
- KS1 phonics results have seen a steady rise and in 2019, 100% of year 1 passed the phonics screening.
- A 3 year upward trend in KS1 Reading scores.
The impact of this is implementation was also noted in our January 2019 Ofsted:
Most pupils say that they enjoy reading. They have frequent opportunities to read aloud in school and are encouraged to do so at home. Pupils in key stage 2 in particular talk confidently about the different authors and books they enjoy. They read widely and often as part of their work in other subjects. Leaders rightly emphasise the importance of deepening pupils’ understanding of unfamiliar words from a range of texts.