Teaching of Reading

Children develop reading and writing in all subjects to support their acquisition of knowledge. They are taught to read fluently, understand extended prose (both fiction and non-fiction) and are encouraged to read for pleasure. Colegate Community Primary strives to promote wider reading. We provide opportunities to share books outside of the Curriculum through Library books and access to a lending library allowing the children to experience reading within the home.

The ‘Jolly Phonics’ phonics scheme is used in conjunction with the ‘Letters & Sounds’ phonics scheme from the start of school until the child has an established ability to decode words effectively. They then use the Oxford ‘Phonics Bug’ scheme to progress their reading.

We expect pupils to regularly read at home with their family and carers. This is extremely important! Children learn to love reading and to read a wide variety of texts if they are encouraged by their parents to read as much as possible. Your encouragement is essential to helping your child read fluently and with confidence.

Every child progresses through our Reading Scheme, being continually assessed and moved onto more challenging reading material as their reading improves. Your child should be bringing a reading book home and have their progress recorded in a reading journal. Please ensure that their reading book comes back to school with the journal as required by the teacher.

As they grow older we aim to develop their stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. They are taught the correct use of grammar. They build on what they have been taught to expand the range of their writing and the variety of the grammar they use. They develop their writing to include narratives, explanations, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations.

We intend that every child leaves our school a fluent and confident reader, and enjoying reading for pleasure as well as school work.