At Half Acres Primary Academy, we strive to develop pupils’ love of reading and ensure all of our learners become confident and competent readers by the time they leave the academy in Year 6.
Teaching staff carefully plan a range of activities to ensure the provision we offer in school meets the needs of our learners. With the additional support of parents and carers at home, our pupils are provided will many opportunities to apply the reading and writing skills taught in school at home. With an array of provision to support pupils’ reading and writing in school, we aim that all children become independent readers and authors in their own right.
The National phonics screening check is a statutory assessment that was introduced in 2012 to all Year 1 pupils and is a quick and easy check of a child’s phonic knowledge. All year 1 pupils (with the possible exception) will take the phonics screening check in June each year.
The screening check, which comprises of 20 real words and 20 nonsense words, identifies children who have phonic decoding skills below the level expected for the end of year 1 and who therefore may need additional help. Children that are working towards the current age related pass mark of 32/40 will be required to re‐take the assessment in year 2.
We believe in ensuring that every child is a reader by the time they leave the academy.
Reading experiences across school include shared, guided and independent opportunities. We also encourage regular reading at home. All children from Nursery to Year 6 take home a reading book to read/share with Parents and Carers. Each child has an individual reading record which is regularly updated by home and school. We use a range of books across school, including Read Write Inc phonic matched books, Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star and Big Cats.
When a child can read a large range of books with fluency, expression and understanding they will be considered a ‘free reader’ and can choose what they would like to read from a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books.
Reading is at the heart of our curriculum and happens daily across the school in the form of guided, shared and independent reading. In addition, every day teachers will also share stories with the class, displaying an enthusiasm for reading and setting a positive example as a reader. Through creating an enjoyment for reading we aim to promote a rich language for writing.
Provision for reading across the academy is of paramount importance and early reading is very high on our agenda. In EYFS reading is promoted through continuous provision areas. These cosy, enticing reading areas offer an exciting range of books and activities to all our earliest readers. Every KS1 and KS2 classroom has its own inviting reading area / corner. Learning environments across school encourage and support reading whether through our library, displays of books across the academy and labels/questions/captions to read or through interactive displays.
A wide range of books, both fiction and non-fiction and covering a wide range of genres, are used in order to provide the children with a wealth of different texts that will develop both reading and writing skills. These are used across the curriculum and can be delivered in all sessions from whole class to guided groups.
Reading progress will be evident in various forms including:
All of the above will provide effective feedback, in verbal or written form.
Where expected age-related standards are not being met, children should begin an intervention. It is expected that any children who are underachieving will read daily with an adult as a priority reader.
Classes have access to the school library where children choose books to take home. Designated story times take place daily, and reading for pleasure sessions are built into each week in every class.
Here are some ways parents and carers can help support pupils at home:
Remember, practice makes perfect!