At All Hallows’ we have a strong emphasis on Early Reading. By the time the children leave us in Year 6 we want them to be fluent, confident readers and have developed a passion and love for books. Reading begins in Reception with the teaching of phonics. The Letters and Sounds Phonics programme is followed with fidelity and this is continued into Year 1 and 2. Phonics lessons are taught daily and daily interventions take place for children that may need additional support.
Our Reading scheme has been organised so that it is fully decodable and follows the order of the phonemes in the Letters and Sounds programme. This means that it matches the phonic ability of the children as they reach different stages in the Phonics programme.
In all year groups there are Reading lessons which promote vocabulary discussion and comprehension skills. In Reception they take the form of Guided Reading and take place three times a week, starting in Autumn term 2. On Day 1 they are introduced to the book, phonemes covered in the book are practised and any unfamiliar vocabulary is discussed. On Day 2 the Reading Teacher will read the text, modelling fluency and expression. On Day 3 comprehension questions are asked orally. All children will also read independently to an adult once a week and this book is sent home.
In Year 1 Guided Reading takes place three times a week following the same pattern as Reception. On Day 4 there is a whole class read of a text where vocabulary is the key focus and discussion will happen around inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and sequencing. On Day 5 there is a Read and Respond lesson where children are given the opportunity to be more creative to promote a love of reading.
From Year 2 to Year 6 there are four days of whole class Guided Reading where a whole class text is used. Children are exposed to discussions and activities based around vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and sequencing/summarising. On Fridays they take part in a Read and Respond lesson where they are able to respond in a creative way to the part of the book they have been reading.
Our whole class guided reading texts have been carefully selected for each year group based on age appropriate content, vocabulary and themes addressed within them. We have high expections for all our children and our ambitious texts choices support this.