Raising attainment and accelerating progress in English we will ensure that our children experience a broad , rich and aspirational curriculum which allows them to become secure readers and enthusiastic writers. Our safe and encouraging environment will allow our children to become confident speakers and attentive listeners.
Subject Leaders: Miss McLaughlin and Mrs Young
Reading at Summerswood
The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
The first steps in teaching reading are phonics and reading to and with the children – sharing and talking about books. Children in EYFS start with lists of words and picture books slowly building to books with words and then short texts. The whole school follows a set reading scheme with a very wide choice of texts within each reading band. We have an extensive range of reading books including Phonic Bugs, Oxford Reading Tree, Dandelion, Rigby Star and many others to provide a breadth of text styles and genres.
A child on the correct band should be able to read between 90% and 95% of the words accurately. In order for children to become competent readers in addition to being able to read the words, it is essential that they have a good comprehension of what they are reading. This means that they can answer questions about the text and make inferences.
Phonics at Summerswood
At Summerswood Primary School we recognise that high quality, systematic teaching of phonics is key to the development of reading and writing. We use the Dept for Education ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme, to provide exciting and engaging ways to learn through action songs, images, stories and games. The ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme is split into 6 phases with the different phases being covered in different years in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.
We believe this provides a wide range of learning opportunities to engage all children. Phonic sounds are taught in short focused, fast paced daily sessions from Nursery to Year 2 – and we ensure there are opportunities across the curriculum to embed the skills taught. The phonic sounds are taught alongside the first 100 and 200 High frequency words.
We work in partnership with parents to consolidate children’s learning at home and offer advice of how we teach in school through our open-door policy, reading record diaries, parent workshops and information sessions.
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