In Reading the Programmes of Study consist of two dimensions:
- Word reading
- Comprehension (both listening and reading)
Pupils are taught skilled word reading incorporating the working out of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. The teaching of phonics is emphasised in the early teaching of reading and is taught
throughout KS1. In KS2, children are encouraged to use their phonics knowledge for decoding and spelling unfamiliar words.
There are a variety of complementary reading schemes used as a foundation in both Key Stages to provide a structured vocabulary and basic reading skills through stories to which the children can relate; supplementary books, poetry and plays are also used. There are a variety of phonic based reading materials used which link directly to Letters and Sounds teaching in KS1.
The home/school reading programme is initiated in the FS class and continued throughout the school. It is designed to extend basic reading skills through reading for pleasure and parental involvement and encouragement: this is vital for developing a positive attitude to books and to reading for a variety of purposes. As the children progress through the school a variety of reading materials are used to develop comprehension, prediction and sequencing skills. Older children are taught to discriminate between factual reporting and editorial comment and to use inferential reading skills. They use reference books as a resource for writing in a variety of styles and for a variety of purposes. The children are encouraged to express their thoughts and ideas in poetry as well as prose, and also in different art forms. Guided reading groups support reading skills throughout the school.
Pupils have an opportunity to develop good comprehension skills through their from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction. Pupils are encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live and to establish an appreciation and love of reading.