What does Reading look like at Heckmondwike Primary?
At Heckmondwike Primary, we believe that the quality of our Reading Curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, as well as encourage imaginative minds to help children make sense of the world they live in and develop their cultural capital. Reading is encouraged by all Subject Leaders in every subject and is a priority for curriculum improvement. We believe that being able to read with understanding is a fundamental right that every child deserves to develop and leave our school with. We believe that pupils must acquire good reading skills in order to access the information and develop the knowledge that will support their development in all curriculum areas in school. We promote a love of reading to support the development of happy and positive children which they can take into their next phase of education and support them in their adult life.
Prior to developing an understanding of a text as a whole, our students must first be provided with the fundamental skills they need to be able to decode the individual words in a text, which we provide them with through daily phonics lessons, following the Sounds-Write programme. Sounds-write teaches children to read in a sequential and logical manner, beginning with the natural sounds of their language. It continues with developmentally appropriate challenges, organised in a clear and coherent way. By gradually developing consciousness of how the alphabetic code works throughout KS1 it enables complete mastery of it, allowing the freedom to access books and text in everyday life independently, from which a lifelong love of learning and genuine enthusiasm towards reading develops. Furthermore it opens up a world of communication to children and teaches those key skills in reading and writing which are fundamental to the rest of their learning across the curriculum.
Please click here to access the phonics section of our 'How to help your child' page. Here you will find a link to some on-line Sound Write training, along with 2 short videos showing how phonics is taught in our school.
To ensure children experience a variety of reading genres, teachers in each year group have carefully chosen high quality texts, in which children will read and study, throughout the year. These texts will form the basis of Whole Class Guided Reading lessons and will be used in English lessons throughout the year. Some of the texts will also be used as a 'class read' - an engaging text which teachers will read to their class on a weekly basis.
Please click on the appropriate link below to see the range of texts your child will be reading this year:
|Reception Reading Spines
|Year 3 Reading Spines
|Year 6 Reading Spines
|Year 1 Reading Spines
|Year 4 Reading Spines
|Year 2 Reading Spines
|Year 5 Reading Spines
Home Reading - Our Reading Pledge
The Importance of Reading
Reading is the vital foundation in your child’s education. It allows them to understand the world around them and experience different situations. Becoming a confident reader with a love of books is a core aim for all of our our children
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Please click on the links below to see what new learning will be taking place each half term. Often there will be new skills which children will develop, along with key vocabulary. There will often be questions which we will use to get children thinking and carrying out discussions. We will also use these to gauge childrens' understanding and their aquisition of new knowledge.
Reading curriculum on Balance
At Heckmondwike Primary School we use a school improvement toolkit called Perspective Balance, where the curriculum contet for every subject is kept. Please click here to see the Reading curriculum in Balance.
Teaching of Early Reading and Phonics
From Foundation Stage to Year 2, pupils take part in daily phonics/spelling lessons to support early reading and writing. Reading and spelling are two sides of the same coin; decoding and encoding are inverse operations. Therefore, we use the synthetic phonics programme, Sounds-Write, to teach both throughout the school.
The children are taught to decode and encode through explicit teaching and practice of these skills and concepts:
In Reception and KS1, children have a daily phonics lesson following the clear, consistent and cumulative Sounds-Write programme. The sessions provide daily practise of sounds or spelling patterns and the pupils are assessed ½ termly.
Early Years and Year 1 Phonics:
Children work through the Sounds Write programme following daily whole class lessons. This ensures that teachers know the phonic level of all pupils in class, and the phonological knowledge that is being learned. This allows them to draw and refer to this knowledge. It is expected that children by the end of Year 1 have been taught Phase 5 phonics in order to support them in successfully completing the Phonics Screening Test in June.
Children in Nursery will follow the LaunchPad to Literacy structure, which will include the basic segmenting and blending of words (eg straw-berry) as well as introduce initial letter sounds
For pupils in Reception and Year 1, phonics will be planned for and delivered on a daily basis Pupils take part in practical learning through the Sounds Write scheme. Pupils will be exposed to the skills of blending and segmenting from the beginning of Reception, building phonemes to read and write phonically regular words (including ‘alien words’ in line with the phonic screen methodology).
Phonics Screening Test – Year 1 pupils will be asked to sit a phonics screening test in June. It is a test compiled of 20 real words and 20 nonsense words. The words are made up of a range of sounds ranging from Phase 2- 5. Pupils who are finding reading challenging due to phonics knowledge, blending or segmenting will be supported in school through intervention arranged by the class teacher.
Year 2 Phonics
Within Year 2, pupils receive a daily phonics lesson, using the Sounds Write scheme.
Intervention is provided for children who do not pass the phonics screening test in Year 1 from the beginning of Year 2 through regular intervention to address any gaps in their phonics knowledge. Once support has been in place for a length of time, the child is then reassessed to see if they have passed the phonics screening test in June.
Phonics in KS2
From Y3, we have introduced the programme to teach the less frequent sound-spelling correspondences that come up in the daily round of teaching. We always believe there is a place for keeping the three key skills of segmenting, blending and phoneme manipulation sharp, especially with work on less frequently encountered polysyllabic words that come up in the curriculum. Children who make a slower start initially, including children in KS2 who have not met the standards by the end of Year 2 will be supported with regular phonics sessions. We carry out assessments to identify gaps in phonological knowledge and address these.
Making the correct initial letter sounds is important knowledge for all children learning to read. Can you be as clear and precise as Alex in this video?