The academy mainly follows the Letters and Sounds guidance for the teaching of phonics although where this is not benefiting the learning we will implement resources and teaching which best meets the individual child. In the Early Years and Key Stage 1 phonics is taught creatively using a range of resources and supplementary ICT resources. In KS2 a variety of intervention strategies are used for those children when phonic learning is not secure.
Children have access to a wide range of reading material throughout the academy. Our core reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree which includes fiction, poetry and non fiction books. Older children enjoy Planet X stories as well as classic and modern fiction. Our reading material is supplemented by a wide variety of additional reading resources and appropriate apps on the iPad like 'Epic'.
We want to give every child the power to become a 'Resilient Reader'. We inspire our children to read through the use of Resilient Reader techniques. Created by Jacob Mitchell, Resilient Reader encourages the children to use the reading power of their left and right hand.
The left hand is used to summarise the text and ensures that the children have not ‘left’ anything out. The children use their left hand to skim the text and find the Who? What? Where? When? and Why? of the text.
Once the children are able to summarise securely they use their right hand to find the answers they need. If they use the right hand the answers will be ‘right’. The right hand is used to scan the text so that the children can find answers, explain, use inference, predict what might happen next and compare elements of the text.
Resilient Reader techniques are used from Foundation Stage to Year 6 as an integral part of our Reading Curriculum. Our children tell us that Resilient Reader has really helped them to make sense of what they are reading, improved their confidence and made reading fun.
'Reading for pleasure' is promoted continuously throughout the academy and an enormous amount of effort has gone into providing stimulation and a culture fro reading, across school - we have recently purchased a traditional style traveller caravan to be the centrepiece of our 'Story Garden' where children will be actively encouraged to take their learning outside. Events are organised throughout the year including parent workshops, celebrating World Book Day, National Poetry Day, world Nursery Rhyme Week and working with our local library who support extended reading activities; author visits, competitions and workshops for the children. Through the Beanstalk Reading Volunteer programme we have several reading volunteers who come in to school, on a weekly basis, to support a number of children with their reading skills.
Staff strive to ensure children have a reading age at least in line or above their chronological age. Children enjoy reading and are keen to discuss books and enjoy spending time in class reading with each other or listening to stories being read out loud.