Reading

Reading is a core skill and unlocks a window on the world we live in. We believe that it is one of the greatest gifts we can give a child.

At Gislingham we work hard to enthuse pupils to learn to read as well as enjoy reading. We believe that it is one of the most important things that your child will learn at school.

Everything else depends on it, so we put a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm into reading underpinned by a rich book environment that promotes reading. One of our key aims is to ensure that pupils are taught to read to enable them to not only become independent and love books but also to enable them to access the wider curriculum.

We want your child to love reading and to want to read for themselves because they enjoy it. This is why we work hard to make sure children develop a love of books as well as learning to read.

Our approach to reading is based on an emphasis on the teaching of phonics; once this skill is embedded, we extend and develop each child's reading skills.

In Reception we begin with teaching phonics using ‘Jolly phonics’ underpinned by guidance from the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme. Children learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to read and spell well. Please click on this link to hear correct Articulation of Phonemes

The children also practise reading (and spelling) ‘tricky words’, such as ‘they', 'you' and ‘said’.

Once children can blend sounds together to read words, they practise reading books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. They start to believe they can read and this does wonders for their confidence.

As the children make their way through the school, they will build up their reading capabilities and therefore move through nationally colour banded books to develop the necessary skills. See the Book Bands Overview.

Pupils falling behind with their reading have daily 1:1 support to help them catch up. Children experiencing continued difficulties may require a individual educational support plan. Please see Special Educational Needs for more information.

Our pupils have access to a wide range of phonic based reading books (fiction and non-fiction) including:

  • Floppy's Phonics
  • Bug Club Phonics
  • Songbirds Phonics
  • Project X Phonics
  • Traditional Tales Phonics
  • InFact Phonics
  • Story Sparks

To ensure a rich reading experience, we supplement these with a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books as and when the children are ready. These include:

  • Snapdragons
  • Fireflies
  • All Stars
  • Biff & Chip stories

Additionally, we have a wide variety of book banded story books to supplement reading scheme material as well as a large collection of Story Sacks for our younger pupils to share at home.

In EYFS and Key Stage 1 the children are supported with the development of their reading through 1:1 reading, and also through whole class or group guided reading. Children need to be able to read with understanding, for pleasure and for information. We have found that just fifteen minutes' one-to-one reading at home with an adult can make a huge positive difference to the children, and therefore we have included this as part of homework each evening.

In Key Stage 2 the children undertake daily guided reading sessions as well as having access to a wide selection of reading materials to choose from and projects linked to reading, with rewards systems for encouragement. Pupils who are free readers are still expected to read at home, either to a family member or independently, and we have included this as part of homework each evening.

All classes enjoy a book or class novel read daily by their teacher, which broadens pupils reading experiences and aims to inspire discussion, extend vocabulary and comprehension, as well as supporting their writing.

You can find a copy of the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Reading below:

Reading - National Curriculum Programme of Study