Reading in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One
Research has shown that children who have a love of books, see good reading role models at home and school, and practise reading on a regular basis, become good readers. At St Gregory’s we strive to ensure all children have access to good reading materials, are given lots of different opportunities to develop their reading skills and that parents are encouraged to support their children in a variety of ways.
In class, children will be learning phonics, sight words and strategies to read unknown words. They will be part of a daily phonics group, which will develop their phonological knowledge and the skills of blending and segmenting. Within Reception, children will be learning to read on a 1 to 1 basis and within a weekly guided group. In Year One, some children will be learning to read on a 1 to 1 basis and all children within a weekly guided group. In Year Two, children will be learning to read within a guided group and will complete small group comprehension to develop their deduction and inference skills. In school we follow the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme to help children to develop their phonics skills.
We use a variety of reading schemes in school, including Rigby Rocket, Rigby Star and Project X. Children take two banded books home per week and are encouraged in Year Two to complete a comprehension activity relating to the text. Children are also able to take a free choice library book home each week. Our librarian will ensure the children choose a book suitable book for their age.
Reading in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One is successful and has given children a good foundation in reading.
Reading in Key Stage Two
In Key Stage Two most children are becoming very confident readers. It is a love of books and a greater understanding of the text which has to be developed. Key Stage Two follow the Oxford Reading Tree scheme which has avariety of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and graphic novels.
Children in Year Three and Four will still continue to take part in Guided Reading groups on a weekly basis and, if there is a need, on an individual basis. Children will also be working on their comprehension activities to develop deduction and inference skills.
In Year Five and Six children will be encouraged to read different types of text from new and exciting stories written by modern authors to classic texts. The teacher will help the children in their class to develop their own views and ideas about the stories they read. It is important that children of this age are encouraged at home to read to ensure this skill and love of reading is carried on into adult life.
Children are also able to take a free choice library book home each week. Our librarian will ensure the children choose a book suitable book for their age.