Although phonics teaching is not a curriculum area specifically in KS2, it is of course necessary to teach phonics to children in school.
In Year 3, some children have not achieved the phonics scores required in KS1, or have achieved them but still have gaps in their knowledge. We run phonics catch-up sessions to children throughout Year 3 and Year 4.
There is also a programme of intensive reading support and comprehension for younger children to boost their learning and to ensure they catch up on their knowledge of phonics and reading. These programmes are extended to children in Year 5 and 6 to those children still struggling.
- READ, WRITE, INC.
The main English intervention that runs throughout school is the Read, Write, Inc programme. Read Write Inc. Phonics is a complete literacy programme, for 6 to 7 year-olds learning to read and write. We also use it for our 7 and 8 year-olds needing to catch up quickly. Children in Year 5 and 6 can access it to boost their ability and confidence in writing and as a revision aid too.
It is an extremely well structured programme, which we have found has very good results in improving the reading and writing confidence and ability of those children on the intervention programme.
All out TA’s are trained in and run the Read, Write, Inc interventions in groups of six or seven children per group.
- ORRETT’S MEADOW OUTREACH INTERVENTIONS
This is an intensive catch Programme of Phonics, Reading and spelling for children, either on a 1:1 or small group basis.
- INTENSIVE READING SUPPORT
This programme enables staff and volunteer parents to deliver a one-to-one intervention programme, to help children develop independent reading and comprehension skills so that they can make accelerated progress and catch up with their peers. A 10 week programme, 15 minutes a day, three times per week that aims to help children read with pace and fluency, develop independent problem solving strategies and read more confidently with understanding and enjoyment. Class teachers, Midday Assistants and reading support volunteers are all responsible for this reading intervention in school.
- READING BOOK BANDS
For our emerging readers , all our books are banded into levels of difficulty, which the children can choose daily themselves. These books take the the children from reluctant or emerging readers to confident free readers. Younger children will read daily and then with a teaching staff member weekly or twice weekly. Continual assessment will lead to children moving through the different coloured book bands until they become free readers.
- SCHOOL LIBRARY
All children can borrow books from our well stocked Library, which is at the centre of the school. All the books are banded in different levels of difficulty:
Purple Stickers – Phonics and dyslexia friendly books.
Pink Stickers – shorter books and easier reads.
Turquoise Stickers- Good reading books for free readers.
Silver Stickers – Harder, more complex books.
Black Stickers – Longer books with more grown up themes (Year 6 only)
All children can borrow books from our library. They have their own library card, scan books in and out and receive a warning notice for overdue books!
The library scanner is manned by parents and volunteers and pupil librarians help keep the shelves neatly stacked and the library space well kept. There is also an outdoor reading garden to sit and read in warmer weather!