At Gifford we aim for all our pupils to become confident, fluent readers who are passionate about reading.
Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. We want your child to love reading and books, and develop an authentic love of reading for pleasure. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love and curiosity about books as well as simply learning to read.
Pupils are given the opportunity to undertake guided, shared and independent reading throughout the school curriculum. A diverse range of group reading books and a staged reading scheme are available. We do not use any one published scheme to teach reading, instead we believe that it is important to provide pupils with a selection of reading books and experiences from different genres and subject matter, therefore we operate using ‘book bands’ in line with Oxford reading tree complemented by thematic books.
We work with our pupils in order to improve their fluency, intonation, decoding skills and comprehension. To develop our readers we:
Our pupils are taught how to decode using phonics activities from Foundation stage. In Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils use the Read, Write, Inc reading programme to develop fluency and accuracy in word and sentence reading (more details below). Phonics is taught daily and guided reading groups are taught at least three times a week.
In Key Stage 1 and 2 whole class guided reading lessons are taught focusing on teaching the reading domains:
|KS1 Reading Domains|
Draw on knowledge of vocabulary to understand texts
Identify / explain key aspects of fiction and non-fiction texts, such as characters, events, titles and information
Identify and explain the sequence of events in texts
Make inferences from the text
Predict what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far
|KS2 Reading Domains|
Give / explain the meaning of words in context
Retrieve and record information/identify key details from fiction and non-fiction
Summarise main ideas from more than one paragraph
Identify/explain how information/narrative content is related and contributes to meaning as a whole
Home reading books
Pupils at Gifford bring home levelled books each week and the reading of these is recorded daily in their Reading Record. In addition to this, Year 1 through to Year 6 visit the school library fortnightly and can choose books of any level to borrow from here.
|Developing a love of reading|
At Gifford we have lots of exciting initiatives to ensure our pupils develop and maintain their love of reading. Some of these include:
Our recommended reading list for all year groups can be found in the year group pages.
At Gifford we use the Read Write Inc programme to teach early reading and phonics across the school.
What is Read, Write, Inc?
Read Write Inc (RWI) Phonics is a highly successful phonics programme created by Ruth Miskin, used by more than a quarter of the UK’s primary schools - used to create confident and fluent readers.
The training and support from Ruth Miskin Training, rated Outstanding by the Department for Education, ensures the programme provides the best chance of success in schools. The programme is carefully matched to the new curriculum, giving pupils the best chance of success in national tests.
At Gifford we have implemented the highly successful here. phonics programme. Click for more information.
All pupils are assessed regularly by our RWI leader so they work with pupils at the same level. This allows complete participation in lessons.
Phonics lessons are taught from reception. This means that pupils learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps pupils learn to spell well. We teach pupils simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters.
The pupils practise their reading with books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. They start thinking that they read and this does wonders for their confidence.
The teachers read with pupils on a regular basis, pupils get to know a variety of stories, poetry and information texts. This builds on their vocabulary and in turn helps with their writing skills.
When using RWI to read pupils will:
When using RWI to write pupils will:
Below is a useful YouTube video for parents: