At Denbigh, Reading is a high priority. We have a clear focus on teaching our children to become fluent and competent readers.
We believe that a child’s ability to read is fundamentally important to allow our pupils maximum access to our curriculum.
The children at Denbigh leave our school above average (Compared to National Statistics) in the progress that they make as readers, this includes pupils with special educational needs and pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Our reading results are obtained through a systematic approach to developing reading skills through a structured programme, a language rich environment, effective support and intervention, a culture that embraces a love of reading and a well resourced library that reflects the needs and interests of our pupils.
Reading In Nursery
As children enter nursery, staff begin to work on auditory discrimination, helping children to identify and isolate specific sounds in the environment. Games include strategies to support visual memory and fine motor skills, all of which form part of early literacy skills. As the year progresses children are encouraged to start to hear initial sounds in words, final and middle sounds following on after. We aim to have children successfully blending and segmenting cvc words by the end of Nursery.
Reading In Reception
At Denbigh we teach reading through ‘Read Write Inc Phonics’ (RWI) from Reception. In Reception, we teach the graphemes to go along with the sounds children have already started to identify in words. First they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes. Children will read in 1:1 and small groups depending on the learning needs of the child.
Our children experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.
Along with a thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion, children are helped to read with a storyteller’s voice.
When using RWI to read the children will:
- learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
- learn to read words using Fred Talk
- read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
- show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.
Our approach to reading is delivered alongside a language rich curriculum and a wide range of opportunities to engage with text through play.
Reading In KS1
Our teaching of reading through ‘Read Write Inc Phonics’ continues from Reception into Year 1.
To ensure we meet the learning needs of our children, we stream for phonics in Reception, Years 1,2 and 3. This means that your child is being taught phonics in a group where all children are working at the same level and learning the same letter sounds.
In Key Stage 1, these groups may be made up from children from Years 1,2,3. As we know, children learn at different rates, therefore we tailor our phonics teaching to the need of the children to ensure they are secure with letter sounds before moving them on. This makes sure that children have a solid phonics knowledge, which they then build upon, making them fluent and able readers and writers.
Alongside, ‘Read Write Inc Phonics’, reading is also taught through specific interventions for certain children in order to help them to catch up with their peers. Reading accuracy and fluency skills are taught through; a modified version of the internationally renowned reading programme Reading Recovery delivered through daily one to one sessions with a qualified teacher; and BRP (Boosting Reading Potential).
Reading In KS2
Support with reading continues into KS2 as we continue to develop children’s phonological knowledge and understanding through ‘Fresh Start’ (Read Write Inc) while improving reading accuracy and comprehension skills through BRP (Boosting Reading Potential) and Inference Intervention. We provide additional support to those children that find comprehension challenging. We are committed to supporting children to overcome any difficulties they may have in their ability, to insure that our children find reading a pleasure.
In KS2, children continue to build on their reading skills through structured Guided Reading sessions, which teach key skills and probe children’s understanding. In conjunction with our dedicated teaching, we use Accelerated Reader to give children the opportunity to delve into new books independently whilst building reading speed and fluency.
At Denbigh, we continually invest heavily in our library to provide children of all abilities or learning difficulties with a wealth of books that will excite, inspire and develop children to become life-long readers.