Curriculum Leader: Miss Lacey Jenney
Intent: At Reynolds Academy, we believe that the teaching of reading is integral to a child's understanding and appreciation of the world around them; a platform that allows our children to see beyond what they know, share in cultural experiences and develop the vocabulary they need to effectively express themselves. We are committed to fostering a love of reading and enabling our children to become lifelong readers. To help embed a culture of reading, we provide the children with opportunities to read independently, on a one-to-one basis with an adult and as part of whole class teaching. We actively encourage the children to share their opinions and ideas about what they have read and to give recommendations to their peers. As part of our focus on reading, we have developed two new welcoming reading areas in the school where our children can relax in comfort and let a book whisk them away to a new world. Our reading challenge encourages children to read a variety of texts at least three times a week at home; engaging parents and carers in the children's reading. Our reading journey begins in Foundation Stage with the use of Bug Club Phonics to support the children’s phonetical understanding. Further phonics work throughout KS1 paves the way for competent word reading. As children progress through the school, word reading skills are refined and comprehension skills developed and embedded as part of whole class guided reading. By the time children leave the school, our aim is that they will be competent and enthusiastic readers with experiences of a variety of literature.
What approach do we take to teaching reading? Early reading is taught through systematic synthetic phonics using Bug Club Phonics. As the children progress through the school, word reading skills continue to be refined and key comprehension skills developed and embedded. These key skills are taught and developed through whole class guided reading session, which generally link in with the written units of work that the children are working on. In addition, children are also exposed to a variety of supporting texts to further enhance their knowledge, particularly with reference to non-fiction and poetry. We promote reading for pleasure as part of our reading curriculum and children are encouraged to develop their own preferences of genres and authors.
Alongside this, we use Milestones for teachers and Curriculum Leaders to monitor coverage and track progress across the curriculum, ensuring appropriate sequencing is in place. We use the milestones created by Chris Quigley Education, in conjunction with our planning to ensure the children develop their knowledge and skills as they move from Early Years through to Key Stage 1 and 2.