We believe that every child should leave Barrowcliff School being able to read fluently. To achieve this, we must ensure that all children reach age-related expectations not just at the end of every year, but at the end of every term. We regularly assess reading and ensure that children not meeting age-related are supported and make accelerated progress.
How we teach Reading:
In Nursery, children learn phonic sounds and in the Summer Term start the Read Write Inc programme. Following the completion of the Read Write Inc Programme in EYFS and Key Stage 1, children take part in whole class reading sessions which offer a range of teaching approaches to promote reading for pleasure and meaning in the classroom.
The classroom literacy environment encourages the role of reading aloud, booktalk, reading journals, role play and drama, readers theatre, use of visual images, mapping and many other approaches. Children will learn the key reading skills of predicting, clarifying, questioning and summarising. This leads into children developing comprehension skills through a variety of different texts. We use texts recommended for each year group from the Power of Reading and Pie Corbett's Reading Spine. Wherever possible, texts are linked to the termly topic, to enable children to use the vocabulary and ideas in writing opportunities.
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How we teach Phonics
From Nursery, to the end of Year 2, we teach phonics on a daily basis.
Reception to Year 2:
We follow the Read Write Inc programme from EYFS to Year 2. This programme enables children to progress in phonics, reading, writing and spelling.
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Children are offered daily writing opportunities through play-based topic learning. Children are exposed to a rich diet of storytelling and role play taken from the Pie Corbett ‘Talk for Writing’ ideas.
How we teach Writing:
Spelling and Grammar