At Meadowfield, we support children to become confident and successful lifelong readers, writers and communicators.
Children begin learning to read and write using a scheme called 'Read, Write Inc'. This begins at the end of Nursery and continues throughout Reception and KS1 with additional intervention offered in KS2.
'Read, Write Inc' is a structured and systematic method of learning centred around letter sounds and phonics. Below is a break down of the RWI scheme.
- learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts
- learn to read words using sound blending
- read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
- after meaningful discussion led by an adult children show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions
- learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds
- learn to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes
- learn to build sentences orally using adventurous vocabulary
- start with simple sentences and develop towards more complex ones by the end of the programme
- compose a range of texts using discussion prompts
Children are assessed so they work with children at the same level. This allows them to take a full part in all lessons.
They work in pairs so that they:
- answer every question
- practise every activity with their partner
- take turns in talking to each other
Reading is supported by our EY/KS1 Reading Leaders, Mrs Gautrey and Miss Oliphant, and also by Mrs Sinclair, our English leader.
In KS2 in addition to the English lesson, children have daily timetabled Guided Reading sessions. During this time they are able to improve their fluency and expression, alongside the development of comprehension skills. Ask us about Meadowfield Book Talk and how you can support your child to deepen their understanding of text and answer more challenging questions.
All children from Reception to Y6 have reading records to go home with their library books. We pride ourselves on the time we give over to hearing children read and this approach works best when it is supported at home; the record can then be a great way to keep up communication between home and school. We want to engender a true love of reading within all our children, as this is the key to learning right across the curriculum.
The reading records have a handy central section to help parents and carers with technical vocabulary and tips for reading. We encourage all parents and carers to set aside key times in the week to read with their child and talk about books and ideas - this matters just as much in Y6 as it does in Reception! If you would like any support with this, please contact your class teacher or Mrs Sinclair.
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