Reading & Phonics
Coningsby St Michael’s aims for all children to read with confidence, fluency and understanding; have an interest in the written word and read for enjoyment; and employ a range of independent strategies to self monitor and correct.
- At Key stage 1 children should begin to read fiction and non-fiction independently and with enthusiasm.
- At Key stage 2 children should read a range of texts and respond to different layers of meaning in them.
- All pupils receive weekly opportunities for planned guided reading with a teacher. Shared and independent reading will take place whenever appropriate.
- Class reading opportunities are differentiated either through texts or support.
- Each class in school will have a class text usually related to the current topic. The class will explore the text in English lessons and use it as the stimulus for different forms of writing. This text will be shared with parents on class curriculum newsletters.
- Reading material is varied to reflect a variety of genres, topics, personal choice and current affairs.
- All pupils and parents are actively encouraged and supported to enjoy home reading.
- Letters and Sounds (phonics) is taught daily in Key stage 1 and, where appropriate, Key stage 2.
- Letters and Sounds are taught discretely and reinforced in contextualised opportunities as part of embedded practice.
- Classrooms provide banded reading books, picture books and paperbacks for more confident readers.
- All book areas reflect current topics which are updated each termlet.
- All classes have the opportunity to visit the school library weekly. Children are encouraged to choose material which will engage and challenge them.
- Children will have the opportunity to change home reading books during guided reading sessions in Key stage 1 and whenever appropriate in Key stage 2.
- Some children in Key stage 1 will be provided with activity packs including key word cards where this is felt to be an appropriate strategy for that child.
- Reading is assessed each week during guided reading sessions against the main objectives of the New National curriculum.