Learning to read is a skill that is much more than just decoding symbols. To create fluent and confident readers, children need to engage with the texts that they read and respond to them. We understand that the teaching of reading needs to be delivered in a consistent and rigorous way. We balance our teaching of reading to include explicit teaching of both decoding and comprehension through our delivery of ‘Big Reading.’ Children are taught specific reading skills during weekly, whole class ‘Big Reading’ lessons. These sessions are structured consistently throughout the school in order to teach the children the five key skills of reading (decoding, retrieving, exploring, analysing and deducing and inferring.) Children are introduced to key characters to support them in their understanding of these key reading skills (referred to as ‘the Reading SPIES team.) These characters are a visual prompt for children to hook their learning onto.
We use a wide variety of banded reading books throughout the school. Each reading scheme is comprised of both fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as poetry. Once the reading scheme is completed, pupils are encouraged to read novels of interest at their level. Our libraries have a wide range of books that are available for the children to read in school. At Cannon Lane we encourage all our children, whatever their reading ability, to enjoy and benefit from the texts that they read. Each classroom has a reading area which promotes and fosters ‘reading for pleasure’ and contains books that will engage and enthuse children.
Phonics is taught daily in Reception and KS1 in focussed, 20 minute sessions. Children in KS2 who require additional support with learning phonics receive this according to their individual needs.
The school uses the Letters and Sounds document to plan, teach and assess phonics. Our principal aim is to develop the pupil’s phonological awareness, ability to segment and blend words and read tricky words on sight to become fluent readers.