At Betty Layward Primary School we strongly believe that the ability to read is fundamental to pupils becoming lifelong, independent learners. Confidence and fluency in reading is the key to independent learning and is given the highest priority at Betty Layward Primary School.
Children are taught to become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers. They are encouraged to read for pleasure and are exposed to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts to promote reading across the curriculum.
We use a programme called Read Write Inc to teach early reading skills to children from Nursery to Year 2. This is a synthetic phonic programme which is used by over a quarter of UK primary schools. At the core of the programme is the lively and systematic teaching of synthetic phonics. Children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and are taught how to blend these sounds to decode (read) words. They apply their knowledge of sounds to books which are matched to their level and allow them to experience early success in reading.
At the end of Y1 all children across the country complete a phonic screening check to see if they have met national expectations . Children who do not pass the check at the end of Year 1 receive extra support in Y2 to ensure they catch up.
Guided reading sessions take place every day for approximately thirty minutes for all pupils from Y2 to Y6. Children read with their teachers in small groups and are taught specific skills to improve comprehension and develop their vocabulary.
During these guided sessions, teachers assess the progress each child is making and ensures that children are reading a range of different genres, including poetry, non- fiction and fiction. Children engage in discussions with their teachers about themes and characters in books and are taught to read for meaning and with fluency.