At St. George’s our vision is that every child becomes a fluent reader, accesses a wide range of texts and enjoys reading for pleasure throughout life.
We follow ‘Letters and Sounds’ as the model for phonic progression. We use the ‘Read, Write, Inc’ pictures and rhymes to teach phonemes, such as ‘Goat on a boat’. This is also used to teach letter formation.
Children begin with word-free books, to encourage reading behaviours and story-telling. When they know some phonic sounds, they move on to the reading scheme.
Our reading scheme is book banded and includes a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. The school uses a combination of the following:
Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds
Oxford Reading Tree Snapdragons
Oxford Reading Tree Treetops
Shared reading is a daily occurrence throughout the school and in this time children have further opportunity to engage with high quality, wide-ranging texts and show their understanding through a range of responses such as drama and extended writing opportunities. During lessons, children are taught the key skills of retrieval; inference; understanding structure; language choice; purpose/viewpoint and context.
Guided reading happens twice a week in KS1 and KS2 and enables children to access texts in small groups at their own level. We also make time for 1:1 reading in all classes – either to a teacher, teaching assistant or one of our many reading volunteers from the parish community.
We run additional interventions for children who are identified as needing extra support with reading, including ‘Read, Write, Inc’ and Inference Training.
At every stage of a child's life, reading should be pleasurable and we believe that time should be devoted at school and home to reading for pleasure. We regularly invest in high quality texts for the classrooms and library. During curriculum time throughout the week, children have the opportunity to read books of their own choice and texts by significant children’s authors. Children also choose a library book weekly.
We feel that children should have the opportunity to hear adults read and listening to class stories and novels is a treasured time in the curriculum.
We believe fluency in reading underpins all other learning and enables children to access the curriculum fully. Wide reading also supports communication, emotional development, empathy and the ability to engage with times, places and issues outside children’s own experience. We share the joy of reading with children, with the hope of sparking that same joy in them. We want St. George’s to be the beginning of a lifelong love of reading.