At Bredgar School, our overarching aim is to foster a love of reading that carries on into adulthood. Reading is given high profile within the school on a daily basis with children reading to themselves, individually to an adult, in small groups or adults reading to them. We are very lucky to have extremely supportive parents and local residents who volunteer to hear children read throughout the school. As a result of all of these approaches, the vast majority of our children leave our school being confident and fluent readers.
All classrooms have a class library with a diverse selection of books which the children have access to throughout their school careers. The main reading scheme used in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One is Oxford Reading Tree but the range of books is also extended by other reading books from schemes such as Rigby Star, PhonicBug, Project X and Lighthouse books. Children are heard to read in school as frequently as possible depending on their level of need and ability. A book from the scheme is brought home for parents and carers to share with their child.
Children progress through the scheme at their own pace. Teaching staff monitor the children’s rate of progress and will adjust the level of reading book to match the children’s ability. Once a child has progressed through the reading scheme, they become a ‘free reader’ and can choose books from the classroom library. Children in year 6 also have access to more mature texts in the Library which have been carefully chosen to check for their appropriateness. A volunteer librarian helps to run the school library and talks to the children about the books they read.
Each day will incorporate a guided reading session so that across the week, all children will have discussed a text at depth with an adult. These sessions will extend the children’s understanding of literary techniques, extend their vocabulary and expose them to a wide range of different texts and authors.
Promoting children to become accurate and independent spellers – phonics and beyond.
At Bredgar School, the teaching of phonics is based around the programme, Letters and Sounds which was produced by the Department for Education and Skills for the Primary National Strategy. It approaches the teaching of phonics through a systematic synthetic approach. Children work in small groups at their level of ability on a daily basis. Once the children have progressed through this programme, they move onto the Support for Spelling programme. This programme aims to allow the children to become accurate spellers and helps them become fluent and effective writers.