Reading

Reading
At St Michael's we aim to develop pupils with a love of reading who:
  • read with confidence, fluency and understanding whilst using a range of independent strategies to help.
  • Understand the sound and spelling system (through Read Write Inc) and use this to read accurately.
  • Have an interest in a wide range of texts and read for enjoyment and information.
Phonics
At St Michael's we teach phonics in a variety of ways depending on the age of the child.
 
In Nursery we teach phonics through Letters and Sounds Phase One which focuses on listening skills, music, songs and rhymes to support phonics skills in Early Years. We use a variety of fun activities and the outdoor environment to tune children's speaking and listening skills.
 
From Reception and into Key Stage One we teach phonics through a systematic, synthetic phonics scheme called Read Write Inc which supports children in learning how to read and write. Children learn in small ability groups; learning sounds, reading words, reading books and writing. 
 
All our teachers and teaching assistants are trained Read Write Inc teachers and deliver a phonics session to their group once a day. (please see attached Read Write Inc information for more details).
 
Children will bring home Phonics homework to support the learning of sounds and parental support is, as always, essential for their success and progress in Reading.
 
Guided Reading
From Year 2 children are developing their Guided Reading skills through daily sessions. They share books in groups and focus not just on their reading ability but on their ability to discuss the text, interpret the information they are reading, increase the reading challenge and develop new reading skills. Children read quality texts both fiction and non-fiction to increase their experience of a variety of reading material.
 
Our Reading scheme
 
Our reading scheme books support and recognise the use of phonics in the early stages of reading.
At St Michael's we use a variety of books to support children's reading. However, the majority of the reading books which come home for reading will be Oxford Reading Tree books.  These books are both fiction and non-fiction books.
 
Our reading scheme books initially may be encouraging children to discuss and answer questions by looking at and talking about the pictures within the book. This is an important and essential skill that readers need to develop. The next books will support and recognise the use of phonics in the early stages of reading. Once phonics is no longer necessary in the decoding process then books will be chosen to challenge and engage the proficient and confident reader however children are still developing a variety of essential skills necessary to becoming a life long reader.
 
Parents as reading teachers.
Children begin their reading journey at an early age with adults sharing books with them, asking them lots of questions, having conversations, singing songs and rhymes or by having fun with words but this doesn't need to stop when they get older. Older children continue to enjoy being read to and talking about the texts that they are reading.
 
Michael Rosen tells us - 
•‘From the day our children are born (yes) to the day they tell us to stop, we should read to them’