Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.
We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.
How will my child be taught to read?
At Leesons Primary School the Read Write Inc. scheme of work is followed to help children in the Early Years develop their speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. It is a scheme of work developed for literacy by Ruth Miskin, who is one of the UK’s leading authorities on teaching children to read. The Read Write Inc. scheme is also followed in Year 1 to aid children's continued learning of phonics.
At the start of each new term children in Early Years, as well as in Year One, are assessed to help identify whether a child has gaps (or children who are surging ahead) in their knowledge of phonics. Reception and Year 1 children are assigned to their own small group for regular reading (and writing in Reception) sessions with a trained instructor using Read Write Inc. methods. These groups are organised according to their specific needs, and the specific sounds and letters are taught in fun and engaging ways.
Regular assessments help to identify children who are making pleasing progress and they are placed in a group where the books may be a bit more challenging. On the other hand, regular assessments also help identify children who may need extra help. This is provided on a 1:1 basis, at least three times a week.
Key Stage 1 & 2
As your child continues on their reading journey they will experience reading within a range of different contexts within school. They will read a wide range of material both fiction (creative) and non-fiction (fact based) and will be guided by school staff to develop their comprehension skills so that they understand the material they are reading.
Reading at home is an important part of our school provision and your child will have books sent home with them daily. They will have a book that is levelled at their reading ability chosen by their teacher and a book that they have chosen to read for pleasure.