We use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme of work throughout school starting in Reception where children can build up a familiarity with the characters. We have school reading characters which help the children to learn the skills of reading. Each character is in charge of a particular skill e.g. Rita Retrieves, Ingrid Infers. We use the book study weeks and the half termly novel to bring reading alive for pupils so that they experience literature in more depth.
Every day all children from Y2-Y6 have a daily whole class reading session, where they look at a text and understand the vocabulary and the features of the text and then work on reading comprehension. For struggling readers we use a scheme called ‘Rainbow Readers’ where the children have daily intensive support to help them catch up or make progress at their particular level.
Our early readers in Nursery, Reception and moving into Y1 have a more individualised approach to their reading. They are heard reading individually by their teachers as frequently as possible and they also get to know familiar stories more in depth particularly the characters from the Oxford Reading Tree scheme.
The school uses the Letters and Sounds scheme for phonics. Phonics is taught discretely every day from Nursery to Year 2.
Phonics at Rivelin
Some children in Key Stage 2 may still access this teaching if required.