Teaching and Learning Policy

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr Seuss

Reading is such a vital and enjoyable skill, and one which we value so much at Manchester Road…

There is nothing better than watching children absorbed in a book, a newspaper… or even a reading tablet!!

The teaching of reading at Manchester Road begins the moment the children enter our school, and continues throughout their time here.

Teaching Reading in the Early Years

Early reading experiences are essential if children are to read well, and the teaching of reading forms a major part of our early years curriculum.

Phonics is taught daily using a range of material – including letters and sounds and Jolly Phonics.

Guided reading takes place at least once a week when children start in nursery – no matter what their age or ability upon entry. Guided reading is delivered in small groups using lots of different materials including the Rigby Star scheme, story books, ORT and other materials.

Reading books are sent home for children to read and share with their parents. These are from the schemes in school or from the library… or a combination of both!

Reading for enjoyment is integral to the curriculum in early years, and takes place throughout each day- encouraging children to read books, labels, captions, their own writing and a range of other materials. Teachers also share books regularly with the children.

Teaching Reading at KS1

As children grow, and their reading skills develop, they are exposed to a greater variety of reading materials across a range of subjects. They start to read instructions for tasks, and can compose their own material for reading.

Phonics continues through KS1 as children learn to read and spell increasingly more difficult words. The letters and sounds materials are the main resource used for this, alongside the new national curriculum. The phonics sessions are daily.

Once in KS1 the children begin to read in groups independent of the adults, and will complete a range of reading tasks during guided reading sessions. In year 1 and 2 children will have at least one guided reading session with the teacher each week, and a follow up read with another adult. Guided reading begins to focus on answering deeper questions about a text, and understanding how an author makes choices.

Reading books are sent home regularly in KS1, and can be changed as frequently as the parents like. These books are an ‘easy read’ and are intended as a books that children can share easily with the people at home without having to teach reading patterns or skills.

Our reading recovery teacher ensures that teaching methods are up to date, and that adults teaching reading to children are fully aware of the processes and stages of development involved in teaching reading well. The work of the Reading recovery teacher is predominantly in KS1, but has also had an impact in EY and KS2.

Teaching Reading at KS2

As children move through KS2, the focus becomes less about the processes of reading, and more about the meaning of a text. Children look in detail at language, genre, meaning, intent and patterns in text. Guided reading has a strong focus on understanding what a text is about, and on finding evidence to support their thoughts. Reading becomes quite complex, exciting and enjoyable.

By the end of KS1, most children will not require further phonics sessions – and so in KS2 they look at spelling more complex words. These are taught during spelling sessions and practised during guided reading sessions independently.

Reading books to take home are now from a variety of sources- topic, library, newspapers, internet reading…and some children may still take some of our scheme books home as they develop their skills.

The school invests heavily in reading, and our partnership with the local book shop for teachers ensure that our library is up to date and exciting for the children.