Activities to practice spelling
Reading curriculum statement
We teach reading skills to enable children to become confident, fluent readers who use reading as a tool to explore the wider world and further their own learning journey. We also aim to build a lifelong love of literature so that throughout their lives children can use the literary world as a means of escapism, relaxation and pure enjoyment.
Reading is given a high priority across our creative curriculum. Teachers use engaging texts as a starting point for writing. They are continually applying their reading skills in topic work and there are many opportunities to read for pleasure throughout the school week. Poetry, stories, plays and non-fiction texts are read in all classes to inspire, educate, challenge and stimulate children’s love of reading.
Our DERIC skills (Decode, Explain, Retrieve, Interpret, Comment) are explicitly taught throughout the school during group and whole-class reading sessions, story time and our constant pursuit of building children's vocabulary across the curriculum. The reading skills progression document below sets out how each skill is taught and how progress can be demonstrated. Children enjoy using our well-stocked school library, they visit the local library and take part in National reading celebration days such as World Book Day and National Poetry Day. We also hold an annual Book Week where staff, children, visiting authors and parents share their knowledge and love of books.
Children approach reading confidently, armed with these essential reading skills which have been consistently developed and revisited in their primary reading journey. These skills allow learners to truly read for pleasure and gain a never-ending enjoyment of books. In addition to this, learners understand that these reading skills are utilised across the curriculum in a range of subjects. They know that these skills are used regularly in life to help us gain an understanding of our world.
In Reception and Key Stage 1 we teach a rigorous programme of phonics called Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised' from which we teach our daily synthetic phonics lessons. Children are taught to 'DECODE' text by sounding out and blending sounds together. Alongside this they are taught a 'Look and Say' approach to learn key, high frequency words so they can recognise these words on sight.
For children in the early stages of learning to read, phonically decodable, colour- coded boxes of books are provided in each classroom from which the children and staff select appropriate books.
Every class has its own book area with a selection of books, including books relevant to the termly or half termly topics. These provide a regular injection of fresh material into the choice of books available to the children. In Key Stage 2, class libraries are initially organised by loose colour bands to support children in choosing appropriately challenging texts.
We have identified the key reading skills needed to be a successful reader.
These are: DECODE EXPLAIN RETRIEVE INTERPRET COMMENT
You will become familiar with our school reading character called DERIC as your child progresses through school. See the document below for more information about DERIC, progression in reading skills and how you can support your child.
Reading - DERIC and progression
Suggested reading lists
Speaking and Listening
Children are given the opportunity to express themselves and present ideas and opinions throughout the school and across the curriculum.
They take part in philosophy sessions and circle time, drama activities and storytelling and with their learning partners they are encouraged to reason and explain. They perform their work to the whole school and wider audiences in activities such as sharing assemblies, performing poems, film festival, Christmas and Easter performances and end of year plays.