Reading is taught, initially, through the synthetic phonics scheme (RWI Phonics). Castleview has clear expectations of pupils' phonics progress term-by-term, from Reception to Year 2 and the sequence of reading books used both in school, and sent home, shows a cumulative progression in phonics knowledge that is closely matched to the RWI Phonics programme.
Whilst learning to decode, the teaching of phonic sounds taught in school is reinforced through phonically decodable 'Book Bag books', matched to the children's phonics ability, which are sent home for additional practice.
Once the children have completed the phonics programme, we continue to develop reading through a variety of books, and reading genres, from a range of published schemes as follows:
- Oxford Reading Tree
- All Aboard
- Rigby Star
- Sunshine Spirals
- Oxford Literacy Web
These books are book banded by reading level/complexity so that the children are exposed to a variety of fiction genres (including poetry) and non-fiction. This allows the children to see different texts presented in a wide variety of styles. Reading books are changed weekly, with children being encouraged to re-read books so that they become familiar with the texts and so as to encourage discussion with parents to aid comprehension. The re-reading of books enables children to move away from simply decoding the text on the first read. It allows children the opportunity to repeat and explore the language patterns and phrasing used, and to develop greater fluency and expression. With fluency, attention to punctuation and appropriate intonation, comes understanding. This ‘scheme’ and approach continues into KS2. The children may also supplement their given reading books with books from the class bookshelves and the school library so that they can choose books to take home, share and enjoy.