Reading and Phonics
At St George’s we want all children to enjoy reading, be fluent and competent and to have read widely so that they have a growing understanding of the world. The overarching aim of the National Curriculum is to support children in developing a love of reading and we believe that as adults we must read children’s literature so we can become the experts who will open every child’s door to being a reader.
At St George’s we take a whole class and group approach to the teaching of phonics. We follow the Letters and Sounds scheme, through this structured approach we ensure that all children are supported. There are 5 sessions taught per week in KS1. Any children requiring additional phonic support in KS2 will be given an appropriate phonics intervention – such as Nessy, Rapid Phonics, Rapid Reading, Precision Teaching. Close monitoring and evaluation will ensure these children make progress.
The school's main reading schemes are Oxford Reading Tree and Project X. We also use a range of phonetically decodable texts to support the early stages of reading. Once pupils are confident, we encourage teachers to use a wider variety of quality texts to support the teaching of reading skills.
Children are taught reading skills in both whole class and small groups, they are introduced to a wide range of texts covering a variety of different genres to engage and enhance reading skills. Children are formally assessed 3 times a year and regular meetings are held to monitor children’s attainment and progress. Any children falling behind are targeted with appropriate interventions and monitored accordingly. For our higher ability children we use Just Imagine’s Reading Gladiators™ - a book club designed to challenge and motivate readers who are reading, or have the potential to read, at greater depth in the year 2, year 4 and year 6. We also use Accelerated Reader in KS2 to further support our reading skills, children complete a star reader test every half term to receive a book level that is appropriate to their level of understanding. Children are then encouraged to be regular users of our school library, we are very fortunate to have our own librarian who is continually developing our wide selection of texts. As well as use of the library, children in KS1 have access to a wealth of books on Bug Club. Children in KS2 are encouraged to use the Junior Librarian Reading Cloud to review and recommend books to each other.
Reading is encouraged across the curriculum and children are able to research topics through books and online.
Good reading habits are rewarded at St George’s. To motivate the children to read at home we have Read to Succeed (KS1) and Reading Karate (KS2) – the aim of which is to encourage daily reading and increase their reading miles. It is the expectation that parents or older siblings read with their children or talk about the books they are reading and sign their Read to Succeed or Reading Karate daily. Successes are celebrated weekly in Collective Worship.