Daily Keep-up lessons ensure every child learns to read
Any child who needs additional practice has daily Keep-up support, taught by a fully trained adult. Keep-up lessons match the structure of class teaching, and use the same procedures, resources and mantras, but in smaller steps with more repetition, so that every child secures their learning.
· We timetable daily phonics lessons for any child in Year 2 who is not fully fluent at reading or has not passed the Phonics Screening Check. These children urgently need to catch up, so the gap between themselves and their peers does not widen. We use the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised assessments to identify the gaps in their phonic knowledge and teach to these using the Keep-up resources – at pace.
THE PROCESS OF INTRODUCNG A NEW SOUND REFLECTS THE FOLLOWING STRUCTURE
Reading Practise Sessions
We teach children to read through reading practice sessions three times a week. These are taught by a fully trained adult to small groups of approximately six children. Books are matched to children's secure phonics knowledge using Little Wandle's Revised assessments and are monitored by the class teacher who rotates and works with each group on a regular basis.
· Each reading practice session has a clear focus, so that the demands of the session do not overload the children’s working memory. The reading practice sessions have been designed to focus on three key reading skills: Decoding, Prosody and Comprehension
· In Reception these sessions start in Week 4. Children who are not yet decoding have daily additional blending practice in small groups, so that they quickly learn to blend and can begin to read books.
· In Year 2 and 3, we continue to teach reading in this way for any children who still need to practise reading with decodable books.
‘Reading for pleasure is the single most important indicator of a child’s success.’ (OECD 2002)
We value reading for pleasure highly and work hard as a school to grow our Reading for Pleasure pedagogy. We read to children every day. We choose these books carefully as we want children to experience a wide range of books, including books that reflect our children and our local community as well as books that open windows into other worlds and cultures. Every classroom has an inviting book corner that encourages a love for reading. We curate these books and talk about them to entice children to read a wide range of books. In Nursery/Reception, children have access to the reading corner every day in their free flow time and the books are continually refreshed. In EYFS and Year 1 bedtime story packs are sent home weekly to foster a love of reading.
Working with Parents/Carers
Parents are partners in their child’s educational journey and are invited to phonics training sessions when their child joins Foundation Stage and again when they join Year 1. These sessions are used to support parents in gaining knowledge and understanding of how phonics is taught so that they have the skills to support phonics and early reading and writing at home.
Common exception words are taught in Year 1 and Year 2 and are assessed for both reading and writing at the formal school assessment points.