English: Reading Lead
At Chadsmead, reading begins with phonics and is taught through the published ‘Read Write Inc’ (RWI) programme. The RWI approach fully matches the aims of both the Early Years and National Curriculum.
RWI is a practical and engaging way to deliver high quality teaching and learning in a structured way, ensuring that early reading knowledge and skills are gained in readiness to move on to become independent fluent readers. RWI provides our pupils with the knowledge and skills to identify letters and sounds individually and within words to support them to blend, to read and segment to spell. This in turn will enable them to read words in and out of context. We use published RWI books to teach reading and provide our pupils opportunity to practice reading at home with a book that is matched to their reading ability.
The next step in the teaching of reading is whole class reading. During these sessions pupils are learning the essential skills for reading; VIPERS. VIPERS are used during all reading activities and promote comprehension, knowledge and skills for Vocabulary, Inference, Predicting, Retrieval, Explaining and Summarising. These skills are reflective of the National Curriculum reading domains.
Whole class reading sessions include engagement in fun activities that promote the love of reading. We believe that reading to children is an invaluable pleasure and we promote teacher reading through our whole class reading sessions.
The development of reading skills will empower our pupils to read books, magazines, articles, poems, scripts and many other texts to acquire the knowledge and skills to fully understand what the author is conveying.
In order to compliment the teaching of reading we have implemented Accelerated Reader (AR), a well-established reading scheme. It supports our reading method by offering our children a scaffolded approach to home reading and reading for pleasure. AR assesses pupils half termly and provides them with a reading range (ZPD). This ZPD supports pupils to choose books that will offer challenge for progression in reading. Pupils can complete quizzes (comprehension checks) on each book they read. The scores from the quizzes work towards pupil targets. Positive praise and rewards are achieved throughout. All pupils have fifteen minutes of individual reading time, four times weekly.
At Chadsmead we offer a comprehensive approach to reading that ensures progression from early reading skills using a range of strategies for decoding words, to being ready to read in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education. We want children to enjoy reading. Pupils of all abilities will be able to succeed in all reading lessons and those keeping up with the curriculum are deemed to be making good or better progress. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes
- Pupil discussions about their learning
- Visits to lessons and dialogue with teaching staff