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 whenever appropriate.
- Class reading opportunities are differentiated either through texts or support.
- Reading material is varied to reflect Literacy units, 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.
- 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 and Literacy units 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 using the Lancashire grids for reading.