Teaching of Reading
Reading has come out as a particular strength in terms of progress and attainment and is now on par with maths which has always been our strongest area of attainment. We know this is a result of the high quality of staff training and emphasis in provision and resources that was placed on reading last year in our School Improvement Plan.
In our recent Ofsted inspection improvement in Reading in our school was recognised:-
“Across the school there is a systematic and coherent approach to teaching reading, with a balanced emphasis on letters, sounds and comprehension. As a result, standards in reading are rising“.
Children are taught phonics following the letters and sounds framework. Our reading schemes are: Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star and Pearson Guided Reading. Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 take home a reading book from school, in addition to receiving daily Guided Reading lessons.
In Key Stage 2, children also receive daily sessions of Guided Reading. Children are expected to read at home as part of their weekly homework. We use the Gateshead Library Service and the libraries within our classrooms where children are permitted to borrow books for their own reading pleasure. These books can be left in school and/or taken home if requested.