As part of their daily phonic sessions in small groups, children participate in reading sounds and blending them and apply this knowledge to read and comprehend carefully matched storybooks.
In Key Stage 2, whole class Reading Skills lessons develop children’s vocabulary and comprehension skills, through explicit teaching of the Reading Domains across a range of genres. Through using the content domains, where the children are explicitly taught the skills of reading, they establish the requisite skills to confidently understand what they are reading whilst also promoting a passion for reading and thirst for knowledge. This knowledge is then continually transferred to future books.
At Holy Family, we have lots of exciting initiatives to ensure our pupils develop and maintain their love of reading. Some of the initiatives to create a stimulating and exciting reading culture include Come and Read sessions with parents, World Book Day Activities, Library visits, Author visits, Book Clubs, Book Fairs and Reading buddies.
“We learn to read so that we can read to learn.”
Phonics at Holy Family
At Holy Family, we use the Read Write Inc phonics programme and children are streamed across Reception and Year 1 to ensure that the teaching they receive is tailored to meet their stage of development. Teaching is systematic and rigorous to ensure that all children have a robust foundation and the confidence and skills to reach their full potential, ready for the next stage of their education. Phonics lessons are 45 minutes daily and children are then encouraged to use these skills independently in their play throughout the day in meaningful contexts. Since all adults in the setting teach phonics, they are equipped with the knowledge to develop the children’s reading and writing skills throughout the remainder of the day. A love of reading is fostered through sharing high quality texts and through parent training workshops.
Using RWI Phonics, children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.
This phonics programme is used throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 1. The programme also benefits older children in the school who require it.