At Blackheath Primary, we love to read!
Please click here to download our full Phonics and Reading curriculum Intent document.
Phonics and Early Reading at Blackheath Primary School
From September 2021, we will be using the following decodable reading scheme in Reception and Key Stage One:
Little Wandle Letters and Sounds revised, published by Collins Big Cat
This reading scheme is fully decodable and is sequenced to match our school phonics programme ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds’. Click here to find out more about our phonics scheme and to access some useful free resources for parents. Our children will practise reading this book with adults in school before bringing them home each week to read independently to an adult at home. The books the children will bring home are carefully selected by the adults in school to contain taught phonemes that the children already know which builds their confidence and reading fluency quickly and effectively.
In addition to this, when our children are secure at decoding and blending for reading beyond Reception, they will also take home an additional reading book which they call their ‘grapple book’ for further challenge to share with an adult. For these, we use the reading schemes
Dandelion Launchers and Dandelion Readers reading scheme, published by Phonics books Ltd , Letters and Sounds Readers published by Junior Learning and Phonics bug by Pearson. We have carefully aligned all of these schemes with the sounds they are learning at school to ensure that they follow our school phonics programme but they may also contain some trickier words, such as common exception words, which an adult can help them to practise for fluency.
Guidance for parents to support their child’s reading at different stages is sent home as children develop their reading skills.
Our KS2 Reading Curriculum
We use a range of recommended age appropriate texts to support the delivery of our whole class reading curriculum. We ensure our children read deeply through the study of a class text as well as widely through a range of fiction and non-fiction genres across the term.
During these sessions, we have a strong focus on developing and exploring vocabulary in depth (etymology, morphology), explaining and discussing an author’s style of writing, predicting and summarising skills and making links with ideas and themes across and within texts.
All children, despite reading fluency levels share the same challenging text to help widen their vocabulary and text based knowledge thus ensuring all readers have a full, reading enriched curriculum. Work is scaffolded for less fluent readers through modelling, adult support and careful questioning.
Any pupils who may still require some support with phonics as their main strategy for reading, receives additional targeted support outside of their whole class reading lessons using the same Little Wandle Letters and Sounds programme taught in EYFS and KS1. This ensures that children acquire the missing phonetic knowledge as quickly as possible to enable them to become fluent readers.
Reading for Pleasure
At Blackheath Primary School, we have many opportunities to encourage children to read for pleasure;
- Rich, challenging class texts
- Children can access The Lounge (our school library) for a range of books during break and lunchtimes
- Mobile Lending Library for all classes
- Daily Reading for pleasure using a wide range of recommended and popular texts
- Visits to the theatre to engage children in reading
- Celebrating special reading days; world book day, Roald Dahl day etc
- Inspiring reading areas in all classrooms
- Competitions: Reefs bubble challenge; Summer Reading Challenge
- Whole Class Shared Reading
- Guided Reading Sessions in KS1
- Reefs Retreat – Reading with parents
- Reading Rewards
Our children have the opportunity to achieve reading rewards for regular reading all year round. Our school expectation is that children practise reading at home at least two times a week in addition to reading at school.
By reading at home at least two times a week and an adult at home signing their reading log, children will collect a reading bubble on their Ocean themed bookmark. For every Ocean milestone achieved (typically one every half term), children will receive a special merit reward acknowledging their efforts.
Reader of the Week
One child per class is selected each week by their class teacher in recognition of their efforts in reading. This could be for in- class reading or reading at home. Children are presented with their certificates during our whole school celebration assembly on a Friday.
As an additional motivation, one child per class is chosen each term as the class star reader. These are children who go above and beyond in their efforts to improve their reading skills, such as reading regularly at home, trying hard during reading lessons to improve their reading skills and have a strong determination to achieve their very best. A very special reward is given to these children each term in acknowledgement of these efforts.
Any child who is beginning to fall behind with the phonics programme, is quickly identified and supported using our Little Wandle Letters and Sounds keep up programme to ensure that they do not fall behind.
To address gaps in reading fluency and comprehension at KS2, our skilled practitioners use repeated reading and domain based questioning to explore a range of texts for wider reading and to extend vocabulary.
If you are concerned that your child may be falling behind with their reading, we encourage you to speak to your child’s class teacher.
Reading Recovery Curriculum
Due to the Covid-19 situation, we have amended and adapted our stage targets for 2021-2022. As a result of the disruption to education, any non-secure gaps have been identified from formal and informal assessment and built into stage targets and planning for this academic year in order to enable children to acquire the necessary skills to become capable, skilled readers.
We assess using our reading staged targets taken directly from the National curriculum for each year group which are shared with parents during parent consultation meeting in the Autumn term. If you would like a copy of our Reading Stage Targets for your child, please click on the relevant year group below.
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