Reading and Phonics

 

Reading and Phonics

Reading plays a vital role in the development and education of your child. At Hawthorn we ensure that pupils have lots of opportunities to read in lots of different contexts and for different reasons. We continually strive to promote a love of reading to ensure that pupils are ready for the next stages in their learning and to make sure that they will learn to love books and words. We encourage parents to become involved in reading activities with their child. A group of Reception parents have become reading ambassadors for our school and will help us to raise the profile of reading across the school.

 

Phonics

In Key Stage One we deliver a consistent approach to phonics. We follow a combination of Letters and Sounds and Read, Write Inc specially adapted to our school. Every pupil in Key Stage One works through the programme to help them decode (sound out) words that they read and spell. Children are in ability groups based on the up to date information about how well they are doing. Videos are available to help parents help thier child to practise their phonics at home. Reading is linked to understanding what they have read. Links are made between reading, writing and phonics through short writing activities. Using small group work, on a daily basis, allows staff to pin point any individuals who may need additional support in this area, planning intervention activities if needed. Teachers will always keep you informed if your child is having additional support.

 

Reading schemes in Key Stage 1 and 2

Pupils have opportunity to choose their own book from reading schemes Spotlights, Rigby Star, Oxford Reading tree, Read Write Inc. The children are guided to choose each new book by staff and to make them more challenging each time. As children progress and become more confident when reading, they are encouraged to choose their own reading book from outside a scheme, although a member of staff will always read with your children to check that it is appropriate for them.

 

Opportunities for reading

Pupils also read regularly in other areas of the curriculum and in other parts of the school day through: Guided Reading - Teachers work with small groups of pupils to teach specific and targeted reading skills in a book or text that is sufficiently challenging. Whole class Reading lessons – staff have had additional training from September 2016 to ensure lessons are appropriate for all groups. This allows children to look at a text in more depth to help develop a range of reading skills upon which they base their writing. Reading Across the Curriculum - Pupils read a range of books linked to other areas of their learning and their topics. They will often use these texts for research and as a prompt for a writing activity. Sometimes, this reading will also help the work children complete in their English lessons. Class novels - In all classes, books are read to pupils allowing them to hear good examples of reading aloud and to develop a love for reading books themselves. Class books are shared with pupils, where they read along with the teacher. This gives children the chance to discuss what they are reading with both the class teacher and the other children in their class. Children take books home every week - Parents' workshops are held regularly to show parents how to read with their child and how to ask challenging questions to check understanding. Children also have weekly reading homework which focuses on a specific skill in reading. Y6 children take a book home every night, they write book reviews and report back to the other children in their class. This is regularly checked by a member of staff.