Reading is something we regard highly at Graveney Primary School. Not only do we want our pupils to leave being fluent, confident readers, we also want them to have a passion for reading! Due to this we take a very active role in encouraging our pupils to read, both at school and home. Each KS1 and KS2 class takes part in guided reading every day, and children are given ample opportunities to use the book corner in their classroom. Pupils in our KS1 classes are also given a daily phonics lesson, this is based upon Letters and Sounds. Many of our staff are also trained to deliver Soundswrite, an established scheme for teaching phonics. This is used to support both whole class, small group and individuals with learning to read.
We use the Oxford reading tree scheme, which offers pupils a fantastic start to reading. This scheme aims to:
Teach - using systematic phonics
Practise - with more decodable readers than any other reading programme
Offer richer reading - through a huge selection of stories with children's best-loved characters
Bridge the gap - with support for the transition from phonics into richer reading
Make progress - through careful levelling
Support parents - with detailed inside cover notes in every title
The scheme moves through levels, offering a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts, including poetry and play scripts. The school is able to track children’s progress but also ensures they are being exposed to a wide range of genres and text types. These books also introduce pupils to elements such as chapters, content pages and glossaries, which they may not have seen before.
As the children develop their reading skills we encourage them to become independent ‘free’ readers with a wide range of interests and appreciation for the joy of reading.