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. They 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 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.
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, with each child across Reception and Year 1 taking a standardised phonics assessment. 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.
Reciprocal Reading happens in Key Stage 2 at least twice weekly. Together we read an extract which could be from our class book or related to any of our foundation subject learning. We clarify, 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. Despite this being a lesson based on discussion, planning and preparation is still vital: teachers always read the extract in advance, ensuring it is age-appropriate and appropriately challenging; they predict vocabulary that pupils may find difficult and offer visual/audio aids to support in clarifying; they plan a question, summary and prediction in order to support pupils if needed.
On a Friday morning, we start the day with RIC Reading as an additional opportunity for reading across the curriculum. Teachers refer to the school diary to see whether the RIC for the week is Maths, science or ‘topic’ related. Teachers ensure coverage of foundation subjects by creating RICs for each foundation subject.
Reading Events and News
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!