Approach to Reading
At Brinsworth Whitehill Primary School, we teach our Literacy through the Success for All approach.
Success for All (SFA) teaches children to become strategic readers and writers, starting from when they are in Foundation right up to Year 6. It also covers all aspects of literacy – reading, phonics, comprehension and fluency, and writing.
During their time in Foundation, children are exposed to a range of phonics activities which train the eye and hand so children learn how to read and write the letters that represent the sounds they have learned.
Once children have learnt the basic sounds and can blend some words, they are ready to be introduced to the KinderRoots Shared Stories. These are short phonetically regular books that the children learn to read through a structured process.
Foundation phonics is not the only way children are exposed to reading; we also read aloud a wide variety of children’s literature through the story tree time. Furthermore, we provide phonetical-awareness activities, especially through rhymes and songs which allow ample time for children to explore books of their choice and engage in creative writing.
KEY STAGE 1/Key Stage 2
Reading is a fundamental life skill and is at the heart of our curriculum. We aim to give children opportunities to become critical, thoughtful readers through using relevant and inspiring texts within our SFA sessions, as part of our immersive approach. As children become confident readers, we encourage them to develop their own interests and preferences by providing a wide range of high quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry. We believe that a love of reading can open minds, fire the imagination and develop critical thinking.
During SFA sessions, children will have the opportunity to delve into a range of high quality texts which match their reading ability. Children are exposed to ‘treasure hunts’ where they are developing their understanding of how to answer a range of comprehension questions. There will be plenty of opportunities for the children to discuss the texts with peers or as a group to further their understanding.
All children in school have an individual reading book which can be changed regularly and taken home. Partnership with parents is important; the reading diary helps us to maintain links and continuity between home and school. Reading books in school are organised through the ‘book banding’ system to enable children to choose books at an appropriate level of difficulty and to make progress through the bands.
Listening to stories read aloud in class by a variety of authors is promoted in all classes and is another way that children can experience a range of texts. The ‘class story’ also gives invaluable opportunities for discussion and can be a memorable shared experience.
Teachers’ assessments of reading are based on their professional judgments and evidence from SFA sessions, as well as standardised materials.
We want the children to be avid, enthusiastic readers, so Reading for pleasure is promoted widely in school through events and activities such as Book Week, book fairs, displays, assemblies, author visits, competitions, and clubs. We are committed to giving children time to read and be immersed in reading.