Reading and Phonics

Reading and Phonics

The importance of reading and phonics at Throckley Primary School


At Throckley Primary School, we strive to promote a love of reading in all that we do. Our bespoke curriculum has a vast selection of rich and inspirational stories at its heart; we ensure that pupils have lots of opportunities to read in lots of different contexts. Each subject has key texts woven through each area of study, meaning that learning is linked to storytelling and therefore engaging and relevant. We believe that being a fluent and avid reader opens doors for children to the wider world and gives them the tools they need to be lifelong learners.

Phonics at Throckley Primary School

At Throckley Primary we use Read Write Inc which is a phonics programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. The programme is designed for children aged 4 – 7. However, we begin the programme in the summer term in Nursery and continue teaching it to children beyond the age of 7 through interventions when necessary.

Learning behaviours promoted through the school scheme, Our Wonderful Learners, will be referred to during phonic lessons to ensure that children develop the necessary skills to be successful in the classroom and wider world. Our phonic curriculum ensures that children are able to make sense of the world around them and understand their place in the world. Through engaging phonics lessons and high expectations, we encourage children to aspire to achieve. The progressive and fast paced curriculum allow children to broaden their horizons through their ability to understand the world around them and develop new vocabulary.

Our Key Concepts

The concepts of belonging, choice and influence are woven throughout the curriculum.

Subject Aims

As a school, we aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping children with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading both across the curriculum and at home. As a school, we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding

  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language

  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage

  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences

  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas

  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

Reading schemes


At Throckley Primary School, we have a vast selection of banded reading books to ensure that children are reading texts that are accessible and appropriate to their stage of development. Book Bag Books are part of the Read Write Inc. phonics programme and ensure that children are engaging with phonetically decodable texts during the early stages of reading. As children approach Key Stage Two, they will move on to our banded book scheme for older pupils.  Each colour in the book band includes  a range of fiction and non-fiction books which children are keen to pick up and enjoy. 

Once pupils become fluent readers, they are encouraged to read our 'Must Read' selection of books in each year group. These texts have been carefully chosen to provide children with a rich reading diet which includes a range of authors. Both classic novels and modern texts have been included, ensuring that children read widely.
 

Opportunities for reading


Pupils read regularly in all areas of the curriculum and in every part of the school day through:

  • Whole Class Text Study - English lessons are taught through a quality text which is chosen carefully by the Class Teacher; across the year the texts will include a literary classic as well as texts which have been chosen due to the many opportunities of vocabulary development they offer. Children will engage in many reading activities which will promote a deeper comprehension of the text before pausing the book study to embark on a sequence of work which results in a written outcome, all linked to the text.

 

  • Guided Reading - Teachers work with small groups of pupils to teach specific and targeted reading skills in a book that is sufficiently challenging.

 

  • Reading Across the Curriculum - Pupils read a range of books linked to other areas of their learning. there is very much a focus on 'reading to learn' across foundation curriculum areas, with children engaging in wider research, both online and through fiction and non-fiction texts.

 

  • Story Time - Across the whole school, books are read aloud and shared with pupils, helping children to hear expressive reading and to develop an enthusiasm for reading books themselves.  Class books are shared with pupils, where they read along with the teacher.