The teaching of phonics and reading begins in our Early Years and continues throughout school. Our phonic teaching is based on the ‘Read, Write Inc’ programme and takes place daily in Reception Class and in Years 1 and 2. In 2020, we implemented our ‘Engage Literacy’ Reading scheme (Raintree) materials across years 1-4. This age appropriate reading scheme is used to support and promote the teaching of reading across school. In Reception and year 1 we supplement our reading with other resources from the ‘Read, Write Inc’ scheme. The Read Write Inc Book Bag Books correlate with their coloured level at school. We also use ‘real’ books as the children progress through the various book bands. A variety of texts are also used in our Guided Reading sessions as well as in the teaching of English, we deliver English using Literary Matters a book-based English curriculum.
In addition, we have introduced Reading Plus into our school for our Key Stage 2 children. This programme helps us to assess and track pupils’ reading development as it happens outside of our teacher-led Guided Reading sessions. Apart from taking regular on-line reading assessments, pupils will complete a quiz after they have read each book; the programme covers over 25,000 titles! As well as testing their understanding of the text, it helps them to think about the vocabulary in the book and suggests other books that would be suitable for them. We will be able to access their profile and track their reading. The programme will also help us to give staff and parents a more detailed picture of each child’s reading development but, above all, provides the children with a structured approach to their reading development, using a choice of quality, real books to enjoy. Some of our older children are taking on increasing responsibility for the day-to-day running of the library and help us to select new titles to add to our stock of books.
St Mary’s Catholic First School