At St George’s we believe that reading really matters and we aim for excellence in reading achievement throughout the school. Reading gives pupils the chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually; we provide a wealth of opportunities for pupils to read widely and often, enabling them to both acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.
It is our aim that pupils at St George’s School read with confidence, fluency and understanding, using a range of independent strategies. They learn to take responsibility for their own learning, demonstrate a love of reading and a desire to read for enjoyment. Through reading widely and often, they develop a growing vocabulary and become adept at using their creativity, imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
Reading is embedded throughout the curriculum and in all subject areas, with planned daily opportunities for reading in each class. In addition, dedicated timetabled reading lessons facilitate the teaching of specific fluency and comprehension skills.
In EYFS and key stage one, discrete phonics lessons are taught in ability groups following the RWI programme. RWI is a synthetic phonics programme that has proven success in developing early readers, writers and spellers.
When your child is learning to read there are two crucial things to learn:
• the sounds represented by written letters
• how to blend the sounds together to make words.
Synthetic Phonics is a way of teaching reading.
Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent – so, they are taught that the letter l sounds like llllll when we say it. Children can then start to read words by blending (synthesising) the sounds together to make a word.
We use Read Write Inc. Phonics for our children in Reception to Year 2 and for our children in Years 3 who need to catch up.
In addition to RWI, a range of reading materials, including ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ books are used to support guided reading and practise at home.
We have a wide selection of fiction and non fiction home/ school reading books as well as well stocked school library. All children, as soon as they are ready, have an ability matched scheme book and a self chosen library book to read both in school and at home for practise.
Reading is promoted and celebrated throughout the life of school.