St Petroc’s Reading Vision
I am a reader. Word by word, sentence by sentence, and paragraph by paragraph I dive into stories- I am transported to faraway lands.
I learn to have empathy, tolerance and to be curious as I seek to meet characters from different times and places. I discover new facts and can find out information to help me understand more about the world, myself and others. I am inquisitive, I discover, I listen and I develop my own preferences for the books that I enjoy.
Reading is how we discover new things and is a vital skill in being able to function in today's society. Reading is important because it helps to expand the mind and develops the imagination. At St Petroc’s, we know that reading is a key tool for life. We teach children’s discrete word-reading skills and comprehension, but we also develop a love of reading.
At St. Petroc’s C of E School we follow the Read Write Inc. approach to teaching reading and phonics, supplemented with additional reading materials. Our approach is systematic, consistent and rigorous in order that all children become readers as quickly as possible. We use the same phonics program across the school providing continuity and a vehicle for progression. In the Foundation Stage, children have a daily RWI session which lasts for 20 minutes. In Key Stage One, children have a daily RWI session which lasts for 20 minutes. For those children in Y2, who did not pass the phonics screening test in Y1, additional, small group, interventions take place. This includes children who are stuck progress in their RWI progression.
In Key Stage 2, the children who have not completed the RWI programme are assessed half termly to ensure that they have phonics pitched at the appropriate level, not their age. Children who did not pass the phonics screening test in Y2, are monitored to ensure that they have opportunities to reach the age-expected level. In Y3/4, Project X is used as a reading intervention for children who are a year or more behind in their word reading. It combines phonics and comprehension development in a character adventure series that's perfect for engaging our boys.
Teaching is very precise and tailored to the needs of each child irrespective of year group. The alphabetic code is taught first with children learning new sounds and practising pronouncing and blending these sounds on a daily basis. This starts in the EYFS1 unit. Simple mnemonics help the children grasp the letter sounds quickly. Then we match the sounds pupils know to the books they read. Children will hear lots of other stories in school thus increasing their story knowledge and vocabulary.
Once children have reached the end of the RWI programme, daily guided reading sessions take place which focus on comprehension within a range of different high-quality texts. Reciprocal reading is at the heart of our guided reading sessions. Reciprocal reading is a structured method of guided reading where children are gradually taught to take on group roles to explore and find meaning in texts. These roles enable children to unpick what is being asked of them and how to find meaning from the texts they are reading. Reciprocal reading emphasises teamwork and supports independent comprehension skills.
Reading across the school is supported using AR Reader. Pupils are assessed on their comprehension skills on a regular basis by doing a ‘star test’ which then gives the individual a targeted ‘reading range’. This range gives children the opportunity to choose a book that interests them that will also continue to support them in their reading progress. Pupils take reading books home from the classroom and library to practise some of the skills they are learning in school. These books are banded according to comprehension level and when children are confident with their knowledge of the book they take a ‘reading quiz’ online about what they have read which gives them instant feedback on their success. If children are consistently succeeding in these quizzes then they are encouraged to read books that are higher within their range and if they continue to succeed, they are able to take another ‘star test’ to give them a new reading range.
At St Petroc’s, we understand and value the importance of enjoying reading. We are aware that many of our children do not have access to reading materials outside of school. We therefore know that it is our duty to give every child the opportunity to foster a love of reading.
Snuggle Down to Reading Day!
What a fantastic day we had on Friday for our Snuggle Down to Reading Day! All children, across the school, visited the library for a story time, KS1 children bought home their first library book of the year and class teachers enjoyed going to a different phase to read a story with a different class. We had many visitors come in for our family reading time in the afternoon and we raised a respectable £338.50 to spend on new books!
Many thanks to everyone in school and at home for your support!
At 10.00 – 10.30, the teachers went to a different classroom to read a story to a class from a different phase. This was a great way of building relationships and connections with our wider school and the children loved it!