Teaching a child to read is vital. We use a range of strategies, in addition to phonics, such as a variety of decoding methods, teaching high frequency words through sight recognition, discussion through picture books and high quality book corners and reading books.
Read, Write Inc planning supports the teaching of daily phonics, where pupils are taught as whole class groups with 1:1 “Keep up not catch up” daily interventions put in place for those who require additional support.
From Reception to Yr4, reading is taught through a carousel of activities. These activities include reading with a teacher or teaching assistant and written comprehensions. Yrs5 and 6 are taught through whole class reading. Children have focussed guided reading sessions each week and are expected to complete one written comprehension in that time. One to one reading occurs in across EYFS and KS1 and continues into Year 3 where required. During the reading sessions, there is an emphasis on vocabulary, the retrieval of facts and inference. Novels are used to teach reading as well as a range of non-fiction texts. These texts are carefully chosen to ensure that there is progression and challenge across the school. At GKCS, we aim to develop a love of reading, so children are encouraged to read for pleasure at home and school. Teachers read a variety of high-quality texts to the children on a regular basis.
We currently use a range of different reading schemes to meet the interests and individual need of each and every child.