Reading and Phonics
At Willowpark we aim to teach children to:
- Read with fluency, accuracy and understanding.
- Develop an understanding and appreciation of a wide range of literary and non-fiction texts.
We use a range of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree and Project X. Our Phonics programme is ‘Steps,’ part of our Power Teaching and Learning programme.
Reading at Willowpark
We teach reading as part of our PT&L (Power Teaching and Learning) English programme. All children in the Academy are assessed in reading every eight weeks and assessments used to group and plan activities to develop reading skills through whole-class reading. Within the class, reading is taught using quality texts by famous authors such as Michael Morpurgo, Shaun Tan, Dick King Smith and Terry Pratchett to name but a few! Non-fiction texts are chosen to match topic themes, current events and children’s interests.
Willowpark uses a wide range of reading schemes, including Oxford Reading Tree and Project X, to support children to develop their reading skills. Children’s reading ability is assessed by teachers regularly to ensure that they are given books well-matched to their reading ability using books grouped into coloured bands.
Once children have progressed on to ‘free readers’ there is a large selection of books in each classroom and in our academy library for children to choose from and they are encouraged to read a variety of text types and books by different authors.
Children read to an adult several times a week in school according to their needs and we ask that parents and carers support their child at home in line with our home-school agreement.
Reading at home
Our policy is that all children from Reception to Year 6 read with an adult every night, this includes weekends and school holidays. Regular practice allows children to develop their reading skills as well as enjoying a wide variety of texts.
A record is kept in each class of which children have read each night and prizes are regularly awarded to children who have read to an adult every night. Please look in the front of your child’s reading diary to see more information about how you can ensure your child is involved in our reading rewards.
Our reading ambassadors help us to monitor children's reading diaries and our reward bookmark system that encourages children to read regularly to earn bronze, silver and gold level rewards.
Our Reading Ambassadors
Phonics is taught as part of our PT&L (Power Teaching and Learning) English programme, which ensures all children, regardless of their age are getting phonics input appropriate to their ability. Children are assessed every eight weeks by their class teacher and grouped according to their next steps in learning.