Reading and Phonics
How we teach Reading at South Camberley Primary School
Reading is the heart of our school curriculum. In all subjects, children are taught to be independent and fluent readers within a culture that promotes and develops a love and pleasure for reading. We have a wide selection of books and we use these to enhance learning opportunities in all subjects. Our curriculum is carefully planned to cater for the strengths and needs of our pupils.
Reading at South Camberley is taught using various methods, including:
A synthetic, systematic phonics approach with clear progression of skills is taught daily from Nursery to Year 2. Children are taught to decode independently, enabling them to read with accuracy, fluency and good comprehension. Staff follow our school phonics programme which has been written by our staff and is based on ‘Letters and Sounds’ and ‘Jolly Phonics’. Children are assessed half-termly, and the results of these assessments inform our interventions and group support.
Teaching of Reading
Teaching of Reading sessions take place individually, in groups or as a whole class. EYFS and Year 1 use a wide selection of decodable texts taught in small groups. From Year 2 to Year 6 reading is taught as a whole class, focusing on the skills of prediction, vocabulary, inference, explaining and summarising. This enables deeper comprehension of what has been read and we refer to these skills explicitly as VIPERS: Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Sequence/Summarise. Lessons are discussion-based, with children also using their Teaching of Reading books to record written responses. Every 3 weeks, classes use a high quality text to provide a base for their English and Reading planning, to develop pupils’ vocabulary and love for reading.
Reading Enrichment is where the teacher uses a key text to model fluency, enjoyment and interest in a range of different styles of writing and types of text. These texts are above the level that children can read by themselves and are read daily within the school day. Reading Enrichment uses high quality and challenging texts to develop vocabulary and cultural capital through the texts selected. These texts are carefully organised and selected for each year group to ensure quality, progression and range.