At Westhead Lathom St James' CE Primary School reading is taught in the following way:
- In EYFS and KS1 a programme of systematic synthetic phonics, that is complemented by the learning of sight/HFW matched to phonics phases, is used. The Letters and Sounds phonics programme is followed by EYFS and KS1. Children are also taught to use a variety of other skills when reading e.g. picture cues, prediction and syntax in order to make sense of what is being read.
- The reading scheme in EYFS and KS1 has a mixture of both phonically decodable books and books that provide practise for pupils of sight/HFW words.
- In addition to individual reading practise, guided reading sessions are also used in EYFS and KS1 to develop children’s decoding and comprehension skills.
- Where pupils in EYFS and KS1 are not on track with attainment and progression of phonics for their stage of education then intervention strategies are employed. Interventions are decided upon based on the needs of the child and include programmes such as: Read Write A to Z, Talk Boost, Fast Track Phonics, Sounds Write and Toe by Toe.
- Clear provision mapping is in place across school for all interventions and a cycle of review in place in order to assess the impact of these interventions as well as earlier identification of those requiring intervention.
- In KS2, reading is taught through whole class and guided reading sessions. Teachers make good use of the KLIPs documents to plan for and assess pupils’ progress in reading. The teachers in KS2 also monitor individual reading and encourage a love of reading by promoting good quality texts in the class libraries and through the use of reading challenges. The teachers in KS2 also make good use of children’s individual reading records to track children’s frequency and volume of reading.
- Whole class reading is also employed during English lessons across school. These sessions include modelling by the class teacher and immersion in the text for all pupils. Children are encouraged to respond to texts in a variety of ways including through discussion, drama, role play and writing. Responses during this reading section of a unit are then referred back to during gathering content and writing sessions in order that pupils can draw upon what they have read to influence their own writing.
We use the Letters and Sounds programme for delivering phonics in EYFS and KS1. Below is a useful link for parents on the articulation of each of the phonemes taught in the Letters and Sounds Programme.