At Westwood Primary School, our children are given the opportunity to read a mixture of books including; fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The books the children bring home are suitable for their reading ability. We do not follow one particular scheme and we use a mixture of 'real books' and scheme books. Scheme books that we use include Oxford Reading Tree, Cambridge Big Cats, Big Cat Phonics, Songbird Phonics, Rigby Star, Treetops, Project X and Fireflies. These books support the way the children are taught to read, through a phonetic approach. The books are written with a mix of high frequency and decodable words to develop a range of reading strategies. When the children have progressed through the colour coded levels, they move onto ‘free readers’ (real, non-scheme books, suitable for their age).
At Westwood, the expectation is that all children in the school will read at home to an adult daily. A child’s reading development benefits greatly when they read and answer questions about their book every day. It is just as important that the children understand what they are reading, as well as being able to read the words, so please ask your children questions as they read to you (examples of questions for KS1 and KS2 can be found in the leaflet attached below)
Please take time to sign your child’s reading diary every time they have read at home - they will receive a cube to place in their class' reading tube for every day they have read (including weekends and holidays). Each time a class fills their tube, they can earn a whole-class treat!
Finally, we want to encourage a love of reading, and encourage children to read other types of books, alongside the school books that are sent home. We therefore have implemented reading challenges every term for children to complete.
How do we teach Reading at Westwood?
We use all of the following to teach reading:
- Phonics Teaching (Jolly Phonics & Letters and Sounds)
- Tricky Words (Letters and Sounds)
- Everyday Words (School's Wordbanks adapted from National Curriculum Year Group lists)
- Teaching of word patterns and spelling (National Curriculum)
- DERIC sessions (small group, whole class and individual)
- Group Reading
- Individual Reading
- Story Time (all classes everyday)
- Guided Comprehension - small focus groups
- Speed Reading
All of the teaching is underpinned by strong Assessment for Learning and ongoing daily, weekly, monthly, half termly tracking and gaps analysis.