At Wolviston we encourage children to read widely for pleasure from an early age. We use Jolly Phonics as well as letters and sounds to support the teaching of early reading. Phonics teaching takes place daily in Early Years and through Key Stage One in ability groups. Key words are taught through action words which are sent home on flash cards.
Children are given opportunities to read every day. We place emphasis on developing children’s fluency, expression and understanding. Classrooms contain a rich variety of books for reading or sharing and class readers are enjoyed by teachers and pupils alike. We want children to develop a love of books, an enjoyment of reading for pleasure and a mastery of this essential life skill. These books are supported by our key reading schemes, Floppy Phonics, Project X, Rising Stars and Oxford Reading Tree.
To assist in their development, pupils are encouraged to read as much as possible at home. Children should bring their school reading books home at least three times a week with their Reading Record in which we ask you to make constructive comments. We recognise and value our shared role with you in encouraging your child in reading, not only in the strategies for learning to read but also to develop understanding, give opinions and extract information. Children may also take home books from their class library, this gives parents a chance to share books with their child and see how their reading is developing. We want children to find pleasure in reading and therefore we allocate time each day to develop the habit of quiet reading throughout school. All children from Reception – Y6 take part in daily Guided Reading activities and pupils in KS2 take part in the Accelerated Reader scheme. In Years 5 and 6 targeted groups participate in the Reading Plus programme too.