Learning to read is one of the most important aspects of primary education. It gives the children independent access to the wider curriculum as well as being a skill for life.
The way a child learns to read is also important so that they are equipped with those skills as soon as possible. It is especially important that home and school have a shared understanding of the process and how both play a vital role.
At Wallsend St Peter’s we begin to learn to read in Early Years and Key Stage One with regular Read Write Inc sessions. These short, daily times focus on phonics - the different sounds that can be spoken and written down in different ways. Quality reading is regularly modelled in class and reading books are introduced when each child is ready. The children are heard by an adult in school at least once per week and books are taken home to share with parents on a weekly basis.
Every child from Reception upwards has a Home-School diary that acts as a reading record.
As the children become more independent in their reading, further strategies are introduced and taught explicitly so that the children do not rely on a single method of reading but become fluent in their reading and understanding. It is the skill of the teacher to ask careful questions that will guide the children to deepen their understanding of a text.