At Parkside our aim is for children to become confident and independent readers who gain both pleasure and insight from the reading activities and texts they engage with. Reading is an essential skill for participation in all areas of life. Competence enables enjoyment and appreciation of literature and access to information from a variety of sources. At Parkside we understand that reading is a developmental process and part of life-long learning and we encourage and praise children at every stage of it.
Phonics at Parkside:
EYFS & KS1: In Early Years and KS1 (Years 1 & 2) phonics is taught daily for 30 minutes following the Read Write Inc scheme.
It begins with the teaching of individual sounds, moving on to sound blending and introducing children to multi letter sounds.
From here children learn to read and write words and sentences using their knowledge of letter sounds. RWI is taught discretely in tailored groups and at each new assessment stage children can be moved from one .
Reading at Parkside:
At Parkside we use a range of reading strategies are used to develop and extend the literacy learning. This includes:
EYFS & Year 1: At Parkside EYFS and Year 1 home reading books are closely matched to the child’s individual phonics knowledge. They aim to allow the children to practise the skills of decoding (breaking down the words into sound chunks) and blending (pulling all of the sounds together) using the sounds they have already learnt. Children in EYFS & Year 1 are encouraged to take home a second book from their class sharing library, which they are able to enjoy at home with their family.
Year 2 – 6: At Parkside we use Accelerated Reader as our home reading provision from Year 2 – 6. Accelerated Reader is a computer based program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practise and aims to develop reading for pleasure. Accelerated Reader is a reading provision which meets the need of every pupil. If you want to find out more about Accelerated Reader please on the icon below.
Reading at home
‘Sharing a book with a child is fun - it's a time for closeness, laughing and talking together. It can also give children a flying start in life and help them become lifelong readers.’ The Book Trust.
The Book Trust’s ‘top tips’ to make home reading successful