Reading at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Primary School
We believe that every child will learn to read regardless of their background, needs, or abilities. We believe all pupils, including the weakest readers should make sufficient progress to meet or exceed Age Related Expectations (ARE).
Our Early Reading lead is Miss Briscoe. She monitors the provision of RWI and regularly carries out CPD sessions and team teaching. Mrs Gac is our Literacy lead and is responsible for delivering CPD throughout school.
The systematic, synthetic phonics programme that is taught throughout school is Read, Write Inc. This programme is carried through until at least the point where children can read almost all words fluently.
In nursery, we begin by exploring sounds in the environment therefore equipping children with the fundamental skills needed to read. Children have regular opportunities to hold books, to explore a variety of texts, to discuss books and listen to stories and rhymes that are well planned.
Children practise early reading with fully decodable books that are matched to the children’s phonetical knowledge. These books include a controlled, small number of ‘tricky’ words. The decoding of which has been specifically taught during RWI sessions. For children no longer on the RWI books, book bands are used as a way of ensuring that the children are accessing age-appropriate themes/material.
RWI is delivered by well trained teachers, HLTAs and TAs to groups of children. Groupings are based on the individual needs of each child. Progress is continually assessed using the RWI system and is tracked. There is close monitoring of children making the slowest progress to ensure that these children are able to keep up. Children experiencing significant difficulties are provided with individual support. Regular YARC assessments are used from Y1-Y6, this provides valuable information for identifying pupils needing additional intervention.
Every effort is made to ensure that parents feel confident in supporting their child’s first steps in learning to read. Annually, parents are invited into school to observe the delivery of RWI so they are aware of our school’s systematic approach to the teaching of phonics. Parents are then signposted to the RWI videos on our school’s website where they can watch step by step tutorials on how to teach the different sounds. Each family is provided with an identical set of RWI phonics flashcards for practising all 31 speed sounds. Reading cafes give parents the opportunity to share books with their children in the school’s library.
Once the children have graduated from the RWI phonics programme, they apply their skills to the text-based English Mastery Programme. English Mastery is rooted in the use of high quality texts. Children study 3 whole-class texts per year which include classics. Reading comprehension and grammatical knowledge are taught in context to facilitate deep and meaningful learning.
Reading aloud to our children is a whole-school priority. Books used are age appropriate in content but beyond the children’s own reading ability. Often, books selected are based on the children’s wider curriculum for example, WW2. Every effort is made to bring books to life through energetic and enthusiastic delivery. Children are given lots of opportunities to have discussions about books. Our newly stocked school library has a wide range of high quality books and is open to both children and parents. Our weekly Reading club gives further opportunities to read for pleasure.
Literacy Rolling Programme
Parent Guide to English Mastery