Reading is one of the highest priorities at Tregony School; it is the gateway to the curriculum and the wider world. Reading for pleasure, often and with enthusiasm, lays the foundations for life, allowing pupils to interact, react, empathise and explore different cultures, express themselves and interpret life.
We recognise that a solid start at the very beginning of a child’s reading journey is of paramount importance. As a result, we have chosen to follow the Read Write Inc. (RWI) scheme, in Key Stage One, and for Fast Track sessions in Key Stage Two.
Every day, all children from reception to year 2 receive hourly RWI lessons in small groups that are broadly homogenous. Every child is assessed half termly so that progress is monitored closely and in order that any gaps and misconceptions can be quickly identified and rectified. Each lesson comprises elements of explicit phonic teaching, word reading, book reading and comprehension, spelling and grammar, and writing. Children take home RWI scheme books to practise those skills learned at school.
Once the RWI programme has been completed, older children are taught reading skills during daily reading sessions. A range of resources are used during these daily lessons. This year, we have introduced frequent 'Literary Leaves' reading sessions in both of our KS2 classes. Created by the website, Literacy Tree, Literary Leaves are book-based reading sessions based on whole texts with each session focusing on the National Curriculum programme of study.
High-quality planned interventions take place to ensure no child falls behind.
Pupils in upper Key Stage Two will have access to Fresh Start, a RWI ‘catch up’ intervention programme.
Children will be able to:
- Decode words and a range of texts with confidence
- Demonstrate inference and deduction skills
- Analyse texts, develop and articulate opinions
- Notice patterns and similarities between authors
- Read with expression and empathy
- Be open to experiencing a range of genres and develop personal choice and preferences.
- Verbalise and exchange ideas, and be curious about new and unusual texts
- Gain a bank of knowledge of popular children’s authors and poets
- Make use of dictionaries and draw on phonic knowledge
- Make informed choices and be critical readers
- Develop discernment for what makes a book ‘a good read’
- Identify themselves as readers
It is our hope and expectation that by being immersed in an environment where a strong reading culture prevails, all children at Tregony will become confident, capable, passionate readers and so become equipped to access a rich, diverse and full curriculum.