At Coningsby St Michael’s we know that by putting reading at the heart of all our learning, children will be able to enter into exciting worlds through books, improve their powerful knowledge and confidently access the curriculum we provide.
in reception through the Read Write Inc. programme. Children learn to decode and recognise words through daily, high quality, systematic, phonics teaching. (See link below for more information).
Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1
In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 at Coningsby St Michael's we use Ruth Miskin's Read Write Inc phonics program to teach sounds and early reading. Please click for more information:
Year 2 & Key Stage 2
By Spring term we expect all children in Year 2 to begin whole class guided reading along side their peers in Key Stage 2. At Coningsby St Michael's we know that our children learn best from reading together and supporting each other to develop their skills in vocabulary and comprehension.
Whole class reading takes place every day across Key Stage 2 using VIPERS and RIC activities as the focus to improve children's reading.
Vocabulary is a key priority in KS2 and children are encouraged to use dictionaries to develop their knowledge and understanding of unknown words. Each lesson begins with a focus on Tier 1, 2 and 3 vocabulary as appropriate to the text being read. Children revisit these words throughout the week to support their understanding and use of the words. Pre teaching of vocabulary allows those children who need extra support to participate fully in lessons. Furthermore, all subjects across the curriculum have focused vocabulary that is shared with children at the start of a new term to demonstrate our commitment to providing children with a vocabulary enriched curriculum.
Guided reading is taught 4 days a week through a structured program that includes:
Share Learning Question
Quick start quiz
Based on prediction/ subsequent reads
Recap of previous learnt words/ new words each day
Teacher model/ echo/choral/ping pong etc
Could include true/ false questions
Each session is planned to engage children to develop their reading skills as they progress through school. This is further supported through our reading spine and subject based books that further develop and hone our pupil's mastery of reading. See below for more information about our reading spine and how we have created a scheme of books that is tailored to the needs of our children.
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.