Every aspect of the children’s work is influenced by the extent to which they use language with imagination and accuracy. Competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening is encouraged throughout the curriculum in order to enable the children to communicate appropriately and effectively. However, we teach English daily as a discrete subject from Year 1 to Year 6 following the English Curriculum, with opportunities for Literacy in the Foundation Stage incorporated within the child’s day according to principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Reading is taught initially using two phonics programmes called ‘Letters and Sounds’ and ‘Jolly Phonics’ before moving onto our reading scheme. The programme is introduced in the Reception class and consolidated throughout Key Stage 1. Opportunities are also given during Key Stage 2 using Letters and Sounds approach for further consolidation of phonics and some pupils undertake specific intervention programmes such as Rapid Reading if they experience difficulties with reading.
Every child from Reception to Year 6 has a reading record. The expectation is that children read at home at least five times a week. The reading records should be signed by parents. In Key Stage 2 the reading records are brought in each day. At St. Ignatius we value the importance of reading regularly at home.
Every morning between 9:00am and 9:30am every child in Reception and Year 1 spend time with an adult in group guided reading session. The children work on developing their fluency when reading texts and decoding words using phonic strategies. All children in Reception and Year 1 classes take part in a reading carousel. They sit in groups of 6 with an adult to read stories together and explore, through discussion different parts of the book. It is an exciting way of helping the children to develop their confidence and understanding of newly discovered words and sounds.