At Middleton St Mary’s, we are committed to teaching our pupils to become skilled readers who develop an understanding of words, language, and texts as they move through school. HMI Jo Sharp, May 2021 noted:
"A love of books and reading permeates the school."
"Pupils learn to read through a consistent, whole-school approach to teaching phonics. All staff are involved and trained in how to teach pupils to read. Staff teach phonics well. Books are well matched to pupils’ phonic knowledge which gives pupils the confidence and eagerness to read more."
Children learn to read and then read to learn. Through using a range of strategies, our aim is to ensure that pupils develop a love of reading so that they can read for purpose and for pleasure. We provide pupils with a range of strategies to do this.
Let’s Read is a valued and secured time in our school day in every class. It’s a time when the class come together to read and enjoy a story together. The class novel will be read during this time as well as carefully selected, engaging texts around the class topic.
Early Reading and Phonics
Systematic synthetic phonics is taught using the Read Write Inc. programme throughout Reception and Key Stage 1. This is used to ensure children are taught new phonemes in a particular order and using a consistent and prescribed teaching structure. Children are phased into phonics groups in Reception and separate phasing happens in Year 1 and Year 2.
Lessons are kept fast-paced and consist of a variety of tasks incorporating not only phonics but applying phonetic knowledge to fluency, comprehension, handwriting, spelling and grammar. Phonics lessons occur daily, lasting approximately 20 minutes. You can watch a short video about daily phonics sessions here.
Formative assessment takes place during all phonics lesson, quickly identifying who has and has not picked up a new sound, informing future planning and any need for one to one support. At Middleton St Mary’s we follow the Read Write Inc. motto of ‘keep up not catch up’ to ensure that targeted support is given to children who need it. More formal assessments take place half termly. This is then used to regroup children into their most appropriate phonics group.
Key Stage 2 Reading
Daily Reading and Accelerated Reader
All children need to read often to improve their fluency and understanding. Any reading they do is worthwhile, whether it's in a book, a comic, a recipe, on a website or through an app!
Children in Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 all have access to Accelerated Reader. Remember to quiz when you finish your book and earn more points!
Reciprocal Reading happens in Key Stage 2. Together we read an extract which could be from our class book or related to any of our foundation subject learning. We clarify new or unusual vocabulary, ask questions, summarise and make predictions. Reciprocal Reading is all about having high quality discussions around a text, providing children with skills to be outstanding independent readers.
On a Friday morning, we start the day with RIC Reading as an additional opportunity for reading across the curriculum. Children get the opportunity to answer a retrieval question, an inference questions and a final question where they think about author or illustrator choices.
How can I support my child in Reading?
You can support children when they read to you by helping them to break down words in to sounds and then blending them. This video demonstrates how children should pronounce the pure sounds to help them to blend.
The best way to help all children in reading is to read as much as possible!
The document below has 7 top tips to support your child in reading.
Reading Events and News
Signed copies of The Iron Man!
We've received some copies of The Iron Man with new illustrations, and the illustrator himself has been in school to deliver them!
Tweeting an author!
Miss Wood tweeted the author of 'Letters from the Lighthouse' to tell her how much Year 6 were enjoying her books. The author was delighted to hear this and so pleased children were buzzing about reading.
Nursery Love Reading!
Children of all ages love sharing books! Our very youngest children in Nursery have lots of books in their different areas of provision.
Year 2 love sharing books in their reading corner! We have a competition in school amongst the teachers to see who can make the best reading corner! Watch this space!