READING

At Riverview, we aim that all children have a positive attitude to reading, as it is an integral part of the curriculum that supports all learning.  We encourage them to have an interest in a range of books and read for pleasure.  To support this all children have access to a wealth of literature through our library bus. Each week, the children visit our on-site library bus where they can choose a book to read and share at home.

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Reading

In Reception and Key Stage One, children progress through banded books, which aim to match their phonics and comprehension skills. We have a range of fiction and non-fiction texts from high quality schemes including Oxford Reading Tree and Big Cat Collins. These increase in difficulty as the children move through each coloured level. Once they have moved through each colour band, the children begin to read a range of picture books and chapter books by popular authors.

At Riverview, children in Key Stage 2 use Accelerated Reader to help to motivate them to read more. It aims to widen vocabulary, improve children’s reading age and promote reading for enjoyment. Accelerated Reader is a computer-based program that we use to monitor reading practice and progress. It helps children choose books that are on their reading level, yet still challenging. Children are given a level, within which they can choose a variety of books that interest them. After reading a book, the children will take a quiz to check their understanding. Progression through the levels will be determined by their quiz and reading test results.

We aim that all children will share a book at home for at least 15 minutes each night. Their teacher checks this daily in our personalised reading records.

Phonics

Children start their phonics journey in our Nursery where they begin to develop their speaking and listening skills as well as, learning rhymes. This is built on through daily 20 minute interactive lessons from Reception to Year 3. Riverview continues phonics is in Year 3 to support the children’s understanding and to develop their knowledge of different sounds.

As a school, we follow Letters and Sounds, alongside Phonics Play. However, we continually adapt teaching and learning to support the needs of the children. Each phonics lesson balances reading, writing and oral rehearsal, in order to support the children in all of their learning across the curriculum.

How to support your child at home
We encourage parents to find a quiet place each day to hear your child read at home or share a book with them. In Key Stage 1, please encourage your child to use their phonics knowledge to sound out unfamiliar words. Once the children have read their book, we would then hope they could discuss what they have read. Two key questions to ask all children are ‘What has happened so far?’ and ‘What do you think will happen next?’.

READING UPDATE - FROM 1ST NOVEMBER 2021

At Riverview, we aim that all children have a positive attitude to reading, as it is an integral part of the curriculum that supports all learning.  We encourage them to have an interest in a range of books and read for pleasure.  To support this all children have access to a wealth of literature through our library bus. Each week, the children visit our on-site library bus where they can choose a book to read and share at home.

Reading  

Letters and Sounds

In Reception and Year 1, we use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds, systematic synthetic phonics programme.  Children are taught phonics daily which is complemented by three reading practice sessions a week.  Each week, the children read the same decodable book, matched to their current phonics teaching.  Our E Library books support the reading practice in class with a phonetically matched text at home. Alongside this, we actively foster reading for pleasure through books selected from our Library Bus as well as other books that the children self-select, to read at home.  In Year 2, those children that are unable to read fluently continue on Little Wandle Letter and Sounds.  Those children who are fluent readers read from our free choice texts, in preparation for key stage 2.  Teacher assessment is used to support the transition onto Accelerated Reader, our key stage 2 programme.

Parent Link - Little Wandle letters and sounds resources for parents - click here

 

The resources on this page will help you support your child with saying their sounds and writing their letters. There are also some useful videos so you can see how they are taught at school and feel confident about supporting their reading at home.

www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk - Click here

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader motivates the children to read more for pleasure. It aims to widen vocabulary, improve children's reading age and promote reading for enjoyment.  It is a computer-based program which provides sufficient challenge to enable the children to continue to progress.  It helps children choose books that are on their reading level, yet still challenging.  Children are given a level, within which they can choose a variety of books that interest them.  After reading a book, the children will take a quiz to check their understanding.  Progression through the levels will be determined by their quiz and reading test results.

Accelerated Reader Link - click here

We aim that all children will read at home for at least 15 minutes each night. Parents may also read books to their children to further develop their love of reading. Staff check reading records daily in our personalised reading records.  Those children that do not read at home every night are heard reading in school by a member of staff or one of our parent volunteers.

How to support your child at home

We encourage parents to find a quiet place each day to hear your child read at home or share a book with them.  In Key Stage 1, please encourage your child to use their phonics knowledge to sound our unfamiliar words. Once the children have read their book, we would then hope they could discuss what they have read.  Two key questions to ask all children are "What has happened so far?" and "What do you think will happen next?".

Phase 2 Sound Mat

Phase 3 Sound Mat

Phase 4 Sound Mat

Phase 5 Sound Mat

Links

Please use the link below for more resources:-

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources

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