In Key Stage 1 volunteers listen to children read individually. This time gives children the opportunity to consolidate the learning gained from guided reading sessions with their teachers.
We are lucky in that we have a wide range of reading schemes to choose from, enabling us to target individual’s skills accordingly. Sometimes we may choose books which will help to consolidate phonic reading skills and other times selecting books which will revise the full range of reading skills.
Our core reading scheme is the Rigby Rocket (individual readers) and Rigby Star (guided reading) scheme. In addition other schemes such as Oxford reading tree, Songbirds phonics, Story worlds, Oxford literacy web, New way and Ginn reading 360 are dovetailed into this core scheme.
We encourage parents to read with their children and to their children as often as possible. This does not always mean picking up their individual reading scheme book. The value of reading to children can often be underestimated. The language patterns, vocabulary and knowledge of story structures and different text types that children learn from sharing and enjoying a book with an adult are tremendous. Reading comics, magazines, appropriate newspaper stories, an email, a shopping list, even the back of the cereal packet are all worthwhile reading activities for children, helping them to understand that opportunities to read are all around us every day.
Spelling, grammar and punctuation (SPAG)
Children follow a progressive scheme for spelling across the school and is taught throughout the week. Children are taught a variety of spelling strategies to help them with their spelling. In our writing lessons children will learn about different types of texts and the associated grammar skills.