READING AND PHONICS
Phonics and Reading is paramount at Wavertree Church of England Primary School. We believe that reading is essential to all areas of learning. If children cannot read, it is impossible for them to be successful in acquiring and processing information in the wider curriculum.
The school has adopted the Ruth Miskin Read, Write Inc. synthetics phonics programme. This programme is for pupils in Nursery to Year 2 who are learning to read and write, any pupils in Years 2, 3 and 4 who need to catch up rapidly and for struggling readers in Year 5 and 6 (Fresh start). Children will receive daily lessons and regular intervention, as necessary as cited in the Read, Write Inc policy.
Read Write Inc. Oxford Reading Tree and Treetops are the main reading schemes used throughout the school. In addition, for children who are fluent, accurate and able readers, there is a wide range of ‘free reading’ books which include modern and older classics.
Children will bring home reading books containing the sounds that they have already learned so that they feel successful as readers at home. This is vital to developing their self-belief and self-esteem as well as developing their enjoyment for reading alongside the decoding of words and phrases. Parents are encouraged to listen to their children read at home and to talk about books/read stories to their children.
Reading for Pleasure
All classes have reading areas that are well stocked with quality books from across many genres. These are age appropriate and promote reading for pleasure.
The school offers reading intervention for pupils who are not making expected progress or who find reading difficult. The main forms of reading intervention are: Read, Write, Inc, guided reading, one-to-one reading, and pre-reading of some texts for children at key stage two.