In EYFS and Key Stage 1, an understanding of phonics is taught through multisensory, engaging, discrete sessions of 20 minutes per day. Phonics sessions are well matched to children’s needs. Teachers plan using ‘Letters and Sounds’ (DFES, Primary National Strategy 2007). Phonics continues to be taught In Key Stage 2, for those children who need it, either through whole class sessions or small group work by well trained teaching support staff. Children are given opportunities to apply their understanding of phonics during Guided Reading sessions and through independent writing tasks.
Our pupils will benefit from:
- A daily phonics session, based on a model of review, introduction of new learning, practice and applying;
- Focused directed teaching involving oral and written practice of letters and sounds;
- A variety of teaching methods, including demonstration, modelling, games, singing and other practical activities.
- Repetition and teaching of ‘tricky’ words.
Reading is a central part of our culture at Garstang Community Primary School and we work hard to develop a love of reading amongst our pupils. Children have the opportunity to take part in engaging and enjoyable shared, group and independent reading activities through the daily English lesson and through Reading Workshop sessions. During these sessions, which are led by well trained teachers and TAs, our pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure.
Reading mentors are used in order to maximise the opportunities for children to read and discuss their reading. Whole novels are shared in classes. Our pupils have access to a wide range of exciting, inspiring texts through our well stocked library and class reading books.
Our pupils are given the opportunity to develop decoding and literal comprehension skills before working on high order reading skills. During guided reading sessions, our skilled teachers nurture a love of reading while making rigorous and ongoing assessments of our pupils’ progress. Our staff are skilled at the early identification of at-risk children who struggle to develop early reading skills. At such times, additional support is put in place. Our pupils are made aware of their own progress and development as a reader.
We work closely with parents and offer support and guidance to help them work with their children at home. We aim to develop reading outside the classroom through theatre visits, book week activities, visiting storytellers and through extra-curricular activities such as our Bedtime Story Night for EYFS and KS1 pupils and through our Campfire Story Night for KS2 pupils. We work closely with our PTA who share our vision and fully support us in our desire to provide our pupils with exciting, quality texts.
In KS1 we use Oxford Reading Tree as our core reading scheme. In Reception Class the children are introduced to the well loved characters, and follow their adventures throughout the scheme. These books are supplemented by a variety of other reading materials, such as Bug Club and Big Cat. Children then move onto free readers when they are ready. At this point staff guide them towards appropriate reading material which is well matched to their ability and interests.