It is our intent at Heather Garth to provide pupils with a high-quality, carefully chosen texts that will teach pupils to, read fluently and with understanding so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively.
Early reading (Learning to Read) is closely linked to teaching of phonics. We use a variety of reading scheme books which are organised by Phonic Phases. At the end of each Phase the pupils access a selection of books which practice the High Frequency tricky words of that phase. Home reading packs are also organised in this way.
With regards to Reading, phonics will be the focus of the early teaching of reading to all children when they start Foundation Stage. We embed the teaching of Phonics throughout the school and follow the 'Letters & Sounds' scheme which is a program based on synthetic phonics principles. In order to do this we use a variety of resources including Phonics Play and Bug Club Phonics to enhance learning.
Guided Reading books provide opportunities for children to apply the phonic knowledge or the High Frequency words they have been taught. Teachers carefully select texts from a range of books to facilitate this.
At the point where Phase 6 reading takes place children are reading to learn. The emphasis is on the key skills of retrieval of information, answering higher order and inference questions which form a key part of any reading session.
Pupils experience whole-class reading throughout Book Study lessons teachers may also choose a range of quality texts that may be linked to the Wider Curriculum. In addition to this, pupils will be given opportunities to use and apply their reading skills across all subject areas of the Wider Curriculum. We intend to encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, to gain knowledge across the curriculum and develop their comprehension skills.
We actively encourage children to read for pleasure through a variety of ways including the school library space, frequent book fairs and celebrating world book day. We offer a range of workshops to support parents in developing their children’s reading and phonics development.