At Watermoor C of E Primary School we aim to provide all children with a high-quality education in English that will teach pupils to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively.
At Watermoor C of E Primary School we want our pupils to become avid readers, to read fluently and widely and to express preferences and opinions about the texts that they have read. We want them to read for pleasure, having had access to a wide range of text types, genres and authors in order for them to make informed opinions about their favourites. We aim to expose our pupils to a wide range of vocabulary so that they are able to decipher new words and then use them when speaking both informally and formally.
With Reading, Phonics will be emphasised in the early teaching of reading until children have reached a standard that allows them to access texts independently and confidently. Reading will be a central part of all curricular areas supporting the learning that children undertake.
All children will read widely across both fiction, non-fiction and poetry 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. It is our intention to ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence.
At Watermoor C of E Primary School children begin their reading journey using Sounds write as their phonic programme of study. Pupils in KS1, and some pupils in KS2 who need some additional support, are taught systematic, daily phonics session and are grouped according to need. Teaching assistants support the teaching of phonics in small groups. Pupils progress in Phonics is tracked every half term by the lead teacher for Phonics.
All classes in EYFS and Key Stage One have reading files which are used to record the reading books children take home as home reading and how often children read to an adult in school. Target children are heard read at least three times a week by an adult.Adults within the class support the children to choose appropriate text types for the children who are accessing Accelerated Reading (AR).
Guided Reading takes place daily in EYFS 2 and KS1 using books that are closely matched to the unit the children are learning in their current Phonics groups. All children in EYFS 2 and KS1 who are accessing Phonic-reading books take these home twice a week as home readers. A record of which is kept in the class together with the Phonic coverage units to ensure that the books the children are reading are closely matched to those units explored within daily phonics teaching.
At Watermoor C of E Primary School during the summer term of 2021 we made the transition from 'Whole Class Reading' to 'Talk for Reading' across the school from EYFS 1 (Preschool) through to Year 6. High quality texts are identified in collaboration with the Talk for Writing leads and using our long-term overview coverage of class themes where appropriate. High quality texts are identified which will challenge all pupils with their thinking to ensure a deep understanding of the text and skills they are learning. All teachers will ensure that all pupils are aware and have a secure understanding of the purpose of each high-quality text they are exploring.
All pupils will make good progress when undertaking regularly Phonic Screening Check Mocks and the majority of children will achieve well in the Year 1 Phonics screening check and be able to access appropriate books independently. In December, April and May all pupils from Year 1 will complete a rising stars assessment and at the start of Term 1, 3 and 5 all pupils from Year 1 will undertake a star reader assessment which in turn will support and aid the accelerate reader book band level assessments. At the end of each year group children will have acquired the skills needed to move on to the next stage of their education.