Teaching of Reading
At Vincent Edwards school we value reading as an essential part of the whole curriculum. We aim for all children to be able to read with confidence and understanding whilst enjoying the wide range of books that we provided for them. We encourage children to discuss the books they have read with each other and with adults both at school and at home. At Vincent Edwards school we believe that reading is fun, and approach it by using texts that the children find interesting and engaging.
We approach reading through a systematic, synthetic phonics scheme in the Early Years and Key Stage 1. In Early Years children play games that encourage phonological awareness, before going on to start (usually in Reception) the more formal Read, Write, Inc programme (RWI). RWI is taught 3 times a week to all Reception and Key Stage 1 children for between 20 and 45 minutes. It is taught in very small groups targeted at narrow ability levels. Once initial sounds have been learnt, the programme goes on to support the teaching of reading and writing words, phrases and sentences. Children are assessed at regular intervals and individual booster sessions are given to any child falling behind. Those children who still require the programme into KS2 have opportunities to do so.
Reading is taught using a variety of schemes, and modelled by teaching staff during frequent reading sessions. Children are introduced to a variety of texts from starting with us in nursery. Once they are ready they will begin to take home individual reading books. Our main reading schemes, supplemented by a wide range of further reading material, are: OUP Oxford Reading Tree, OUP Treetops, OUP Non-fiction Literacy Web. Experienced staff lead group reading sessions, based on Inference Training, where children are encouraged to share ideas. Children are assessed at regular intervals to ensure that progress is being made. Each child is read with individually in school at least 3 times a week. Parents and other members of the community are invited in regularly to read with the children.