The ability to read confidently is a key life skill, but also brings personal enjoyment and pleasure. The essential characteristics of a successful reader are:
- Excellent phonic knowledge and skills
- Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum
- Knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary
- An excellent comprehension of texts
- The motivation to read for both study and for pleasure
- Extensive knowledge through having read and listened to a rich and varied range of texts
As well as daily phonics/spelling sessions the children in take part in daily whole class reading sessions. These follow the ‘DERIC’ structure which focusses on the five main skills: decoding, explaining, retrieval, interpreting and choice. The focus is on developing children’s decoding and comprehension skills, as well as their enjoyment of reading. The younger children are allocated home reading books from the school reading schemes (Big Cat Phonics and Phonics Books) and the older children are encouraged to choose a variety of books from our school library.
During the day there are opportunities for older children to read quietly and develop a reading culture. This is supported by teachers, of all classes, reading stories at the end of the day.