The Subject Leader for Reading is Miss A Frith.
The Subject Leader for Read, Write, Inc is Mrs Webber.
At South Hiendley Primary School, we recognise the importance of reading in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of reading the prominence it requires. We strive to create a reading culture that teaches our children about the many joys of books. We aim to create a love of reading in all our children so that they not only learn how to read but use reading to further their learning in other subjects. We also understand that reading is a tool to develop socially, emotionally, and culturally and teachers choose high quality books that engage, inspire and provide a wealth of vocabulary for our children.
We provide our children with daily opportunities to read and, importantly, to be read too. These books are taken from The Power of Reading, Literacy Shed Plus and core book lists. Each classroom has its own book area with a range of genres for children to access.
We understand the importance of teaching children to read quickly through phonics and that is why we use the Read Write Inc programme. Alongside this, home reader books are sent each week that carefully match the child’s phonic knowledge so that they experience success as a reader from a young age. As children progress, they also have access to other banded books, including Oxford Reading Tree. In KS2, children have a daily guided reading session that focusses on teaching children key comprehension skills, and children have home reader books to enable to practise their skills regularly at home.
It is our intention to teach children how to be lifelong readers who can read fluently, accurately and with confidence.
We ensure that teachers of the subject have excellent subject knowledge, and leadership supports that acquisition of this for NQT and non-specialist teachers. Subject matter is presented clearly, teachers carefully check learning and identify misconceptions, providing direct feedback. Our pupils learn to read and write effectively and quickly using the Read Write Inc. phonics programme.
In Year 2 and beyond we teach regular small group reading sessions with children of similar current reading abilities. During these sessions, pupils have the opportunity to work with the class teacher, work independently and with their partners. They also have the opportunity to read fiction and non-fiction books for pleasure.
Children will know more, remember more and understand more about the curriculum and what they are reading. This is evidenced through regular pupil voice, monitoring and looking at outcomes which are measured against our age-based progression grids. Children are to retain prior-learning and explicitly make connections between what they have previously learned and what they are currently learning.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at South Hiendley are equipped with skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.