As well as the formal reading programmes at the school we also promote a love of reading though a variety of ways including our exciting reading week that we hold every two years, visits from authors, links to websites, our annual ‘Book Blind Date’, our reading clubs, links to local libraries and every child has the opportunity to visit our well stocked school library to choose books. The governing body supported the status of reading in Roxeth by appointing a dedicated librarian who is extremely knowledgeable about children's literature.
We work with parents, the child’s first educator, to support reading. We also run parent workshops in phonics and reading to support parents when reading with their child at home.
Every child from Reception to Year 6 has an individual reading book, chosen from our levelled reading scheme (consisting of books from Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star and Collins Big Cat), which they take home to read aloud to an adult. Children also read these books to their teacher and teaching assistant, ensuring that their reading is being supported and challenged. Individual reading books are changed daily in Key Stage 1, and further up in the school, the longer books are changed as soon as they are finished. A dialogue between parents and teachers is fostered through the use of reading record, which both parents and teachers sign when reading with children.
From 2013 we have also funded from Pupil Premium grant dedicated teaching assistants to support pupil premium children in reading on a daily basis in KS1and KS2.
Guided reading sessions also take place across the school, allowing children to read in peer groups, guided by an adult. Key stage 2 classes also explore class readers linked to their literacy topics, for example, Beowulf, Stormbreaker and Carrie’s War.
We have a library stocked with a wide range of genres and texts, and classes visit the library every week to change their books.
At Roxeth we follow the DfE’s Letters and Sounds phonics programme. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. In reception we use jelly and bean books plus dandelion readers which matches the letters and sounds phases.
There are six phases in learning sounds:
Phase One (Nursery/Reception) Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.
Phase Two (Reception) up to 6 weeksLearning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.
Phase Three (Reception) up to 12 weeks The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the "simple code", i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.
Phase Four (Reception) 4 to 6 weeks No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.
Phase Five (Throughout Year 1) Now we move on to the "complex code". Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.
Phase Six (Throughout Year 2 and beyond) Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.
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