How do we make sure that all our pupils make good or better progress in reading?

3. How well do we make sure that all pupils make good or better progress in reading?
  • We have well-planned and sequenced Guided Reading sessions that focus not only on continuing the development of reading skills but also the more complex comprehension skills. We have clear progression in reading skills from Reception to Year 6. 
  • Our phonics programme, 'Letters and Sounds' matches National Curriculum expectations. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
  • We use Phonics Play to support our teaching of phonics. Children are carefully and regularly assessed to ensure that they are being taught the correct phase. These assessments are reviewed regularly by the curriculum lead for English. Each class teacher ensures that the children's books are closely matched to the child's phonics level so that they can easily decode words.  
  • Children who are not progressing through the phases are identified quickly and given extra support to achieve success throughout the EYFS and Key Stage 1. Children in Key Stage 2 who still have gaps in their phonic knowledge are identified and supported through our 'Early Bird' intervention.