The Teaching of Phonics and Reading
Reading progress and attainment is monitored closely to ensure that reading resources are adapted according to the needs and interests of the children.
Reading Schemes used across the school:
- Rigby Navigator
- Collins Big Cat
- Heinemann Rapid
- Rigby Star
- Phonics Bug
- Bug Club
Early Years and Key Stage 1
All children are taught to read at St. Anne’s using the Sounds Write Phonics Programme. The programme links phonic reading, spelling and writing in a lively and engaging way, helping children to become confident in all areas of literacy. Children are grouped and assessed often to help them make the best progress possible. Some children who need extra support are quickly identified and receive one-one or small group tutoring for 10 minutes in the afternoons, ensuring they also progress well.
Key Stage 2
At St. Anne’s our aim is to provide a rich literacy curriculum across Key Stage 2, where children encounter a range of whole texts, reading these with confidence, engaging and responding to narrative and using their knowledge of these to influence and inform their skills as writers.
Children who need further support with phonics benefit from carefully planned interventions, delivered one to one or within smaller groups, at their level, to help to narrow any gaps in their learning.
At St. Anne’s our aim is to encourage a love of reading in all of our pupils, and to provide opportunities for children to read for pleasure and purpose.
- Daily carousel of guided reading sessions in all cohorts
- Intervention activities
- Class novels
- Visits to the local library and Seven Stories
Cross curricular reading
- Reading for research
- Home reading
- Big reading as a whole school
- Rewarding all achievements with book box prizes
- Extreme Reading Competitions
- Whole school celebrations, such as World Book Day
- a newly-stocked library, with plenty of choice of books for both genders
- and new Reading for Pleasure areas in each classroom
Key Stage 2 classes follow the Accelerated Reader programme. The concept is simple, but extremely effective; we have had some incredible success stories. Pupils read a book, take an AR Quiz, and get immediate feedback, becoming increasingly motivated when they see their progress.
Teachers monitor and manage pupils’ independent reading practice, setting personalised goals for each child, who can then search for books at their interest and reading level on the BookFinder. Our teachers obtain reliable reports on reading comprehension, vocabulary and literacy skills, which enable us to closely monitor the children’s progress.
Children are given a bookmark with reading levels and their own personalised target. The criteria for moving to the next level are displayed in the library; having achieved this, the child is presented with a certificate during Praise Assembly. Those who make outstanding progress are awarded with being put into our ‘Hall of Fame’ library display, in return for which they each receive a box set of 15 reading books. Parents are able to log into Parent Portal to track their child’s progress in reading and share their