At Springfield Infant School we are passionate about reading and feel that reading should be an enjoyable activity and one that every child should be able to succeed at. We know that learning to read, and reading to learn, is the foundation for future success. We place great importance on daily reading sessions in school alongside the teaching of a structured phonics programme.
Our aim is for children to leave our school at the end of Year 2 with a love of reading for both pleasure and information. They will be taught strategies for reading; including phonics, visual whole word recognition and the context of what they are reading. Children will be able to read with fluency, confidence and accuracy across a range of texts. They will be provided with a range of opportunities to develop their vocabulary both through reading sessions and in the wider school day. Children will be taught to listen and respond to texts being read aloud and be able to extract the meaning from the text.
Mastery in phonics is essential for our children to access a broad range of fiction and non-fiction texts. At Springfield Infants, this is firstly achieved by children learning to read through the Read, Write, Inc programme from Reception (see link for further information). There is a relentless focus to ensure all of our learners succeed. The children are taught in small groups catered to their individual phonics level and those children who are struggling in phonics are caught early, with interventions being put in place to close the gap.
In addition to a systematic approach to phonics, the children are also taught to develop reading for meaning through the strands of the National Curriculum. These include decoding, retrieving, inference, summarising, predicting and explaining. Year 1 and 2 have adopted a whole class approach to reading, which deepens children’s knowledge and understanding of these elements. High quality texts have been carefully chosen to extend and enhance the children’s vocabulary as well as allowing for in depth discussion of the plot, characters or information. To further support their oracy skills, children are provided with sentence stems when answering questions. Alongside whole class reading, children are also heard on a one to one basis.
Developing a love of reading is fundamental to continued success in learning, both whilst at school and for future success. We place great importance on children engaging in regular snuggly reads with their peers. Teachers devote time to the promotion of reading by sharing high quality texts from the year group reading spine, as well as widening this to include other books of interest. This allows teachers to engage the children by modelling story telling techniques, including, intonation, pace and expression.