A Venn Academy Trust School
The Venn Building,
c/o Venn Boulevard Centre,
Hull, HU3 3EL.
A charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England & Wales (company number: 09662303).
Our approach to reading & phonics
Our aim is that Griffin children will develop a love for reading. We believe reading is a vital skill that will support children’s learning across the whole curriculum. At Griffin, we will ensure that our children are taught to read with fluency, accuracy and understanding through a variety of discreet and cross-curricular learning opportunities. Above all, we want children in our school to become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers who enjoy reading and read for pleasure. The development of reading cannot be seen in isolation from writing, speaking and listening; the best readers are the best writers.
We teach reading from Foundation Stage to Year 6. This can be in the form of one-to-one reading with an adult, shared reading, whole-class guiding reading*, cross-curricular opportunities and independent reading. Griffin’s reading curriculum has three strands:
- Phonics, decoding and word reading,
- Comprehension, including vocabulary,
- Encouraging Reading for Pleasure and deepening engagement of children in reading
In EYFS and Key Stage 1, there is a synthetic phonics programme in place which is taught systematically using Letters and Sounds. We also use a range of other reading strategies to broaden children’s understanding, interest and enjoyment of reading. In Key Stage 2, as their reading develops, children are encouraged to read from a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books.
A love of reading is promoted through additional activities including author and poet visits; book fairs; an annual book day; paired reading; shared reading with younger children and parental reading workshops in the foundation stage.
Parents are encouraged to support reading at home and children read daily. Our school has a wide range of book banded home reading scheme books which children choose themselves. Alongside this, children in EYFS and KS1 take home a phonetically decodable book matched to their phonics ability. Each child in school has an individual reading record where reading is recorded and tracked and is a means of communicating development to the child, parent and teacher. Children are also encouraged to take home books from the library.
*What does whole class reading look like?
- All children read the same text which has been carefully selected. Children are exposed to a wide variety over the year.
- Teachers model reading by ‘thinking aloud’ to show the process we go through as readers.
- Effective discussion is paramount and allows for purposeful speaking and listening activities.
- Three levels of questioning: Looking., Clue and Thinking.
- Vocabulary understanding is key to comprehension. With a focus on vocabulary, our children broaden their own vocabulary and explore and explain the meaning of words in context.
- The teaching and application of specific comprehension strategies.
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