Miss Dougan - English Leader and Miss Lynch - Reading Leader
Story time texts throughout the year - EYFS
Story time texts throughout the year - Year 1 2022-2023
Story time texts throughout the year - Year 2 2022-2023
Long Term Plans
Year 1- writing long term plan Year 2- writing long term plan
Year 3- writing long term plan Year 4- writing long term plan
Year 5- writing long term plan Year 6- writing long term plan
“The more you read, the more you will know, the more you learn, the more you will grow” (Dr Seuss)
Reading is at the heart of our curriculum. Children learn to read through encountering challenging texts, which form the basis of each half term’s English learning from Reception to Year 6.
All children at Whitkirk will be exposed to a wide selection of high-quality texts which will enrich their learning and inspire them to become lifelong readers. We encourage and support our children to read a wealth of books including fiction, non-fiction, classics, picture books, stories from other cultures and those with challenging themes. Our lessons are engaging and allow all children to participate in discussion and debate about texts.
Reception and KS1 – Read, Write, Inc:
We follow the Read Write Inc. (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their reading and writing. RWI is a structured programme, which integrates phonics, comprehension, writing, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, and handwriting. It helps us to create a consistent approach across our school as we all work together to ensure our children are confident readers and writers. Children begin learning phonics from when they start in Reception, and all our staff members are fully trained. Whilst children are in the early stages of their reading, we teach children to decode, building their word recognition through phonics sessions, and we support children to develop a love of reading and build their language comprehension through whole class sharing of stories.
Reading beyond RWI:
Our pupils are exposed to a wide range of vocabulary through our selection of rich texts and our vocabulary focus in our Reading lessons. During these lessons, we use VIPERS. VIPERS is an acronym to aid the recall of the 6 reading domains as part of the UK’s reading curriculum. They are the key areas which we feel children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts.
VIPERS stands for Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval, Sequence or Summarise
The 6 domains focus on the comprehension aspect of reading and not the mechanics: decoding, fluency, prosody etc. Therefore, our lessons also focus on developing fluency within increasingly challenging texts. Our reading lessons encourage high levels of oracy through the use of deep questioning, partner talk, and group work. Pupils are challenged to identify and locate unfamiliar words and are encouraged to find the meanings with increasing independence through learnt reading strategies.
Keep up and catch up:
We want to ensure that our pupils have the skills and desire to become life-long readers as this is the gateway to success in the wider curriculum. Throughout lessons, teachers refer to former learning and make clear links to earlier work to ensure that all children are able to build upon their prior knowledge. Through formative assessment, we identify children who are at risk of developing gaps in their learning and address these within lessons, or through interventions.
RWI sessions in action
Developing a love of reading
A selection of our class reading corners (more pictures in our gallery below)