At Greenway, we provide children with a vocabulary rich environment, high-quality deliberately chosen age-appropriate texts and inspiring research led whole class reading sessions. This is so they become:
· confident and fluent readers
· proficient at applying reading skills to enable access to the wider curriculum
· Year 7 ready
Before children can become fluent readers, they must be taught all the common ways of representing English speech sounds – phonemes – and letters or combinations of letters, called graphemes. Taking this into consideration, we teach children segmenting and blending as part of our phonics keep up and catch up. They will have an opportunity to do this across all areas of the curriculum.
We believe that all children need to be equipped with the knowledge and experiences needed for society. In order to ensure this, all Greenway pupils are exposed to a rich diet of language including daily, purposeful exposure to Tier 2 and 3 vocabulary. Through the use of deliberately chosen, high quality model texts, we take every opportunity possible to enhance the cultural capital of our learners.
FLUENCY AND PROSODY
We aim for all our pupils – regardless of their needs, abilities or background – to learn to read fluently and with conscious prosody. By the time children leave Greenway at the end of KS2, we want to ensure that they can read at least 90 words per minute.
CHOSEN PHONICS SCHEME
Our chosen phonics scheme is Little Wandle which is Letters and Sounds Revised. It is a complete systematic and synthetic phonics program.
DIRECT STRATEGY INSTRUCTION
By the end of Year 6, all children will be able to:
· draw inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence
· predict what might happen from details stated and implied
· summarise the main ideas
· identify how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning
In order to ensure our children are well-rounded and empathetic learners, who challenge bias and prejudice, we ensure the books we read as part of our reading curriculum and in our book corners are representative of the diversity of the UK. Our chosen texts explore different genres and themes such as social, moral and ethical issues as well as exposure to British heritage texts. The authors and protagonists are from a wide range of backgrounds including female and BAME.
PROMOTING LOVE OF READING
It is our continued intent that we offer and introduce time in our curriculum to celebrate books and to share our love of reading with others.