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Phonics and Reading

Our mission:

Our mission is for children to become fluent and keen readers who understand what they are reading and can articulate this understanding to others. We are also keen to develop their knowledge of our unique literary heritage and the classics of English literature and for them to understand the power, which is at their fingertips, if they develop good reading habits.

We Love Reading: Children in our school have a passion for reading which we have facilitated through providing new, relevant, age appropriate and rich texts which are in every class library. These class libraries are well organised, up-to-date and welcoming for the children. Children read daily, are read to daily and talk about their reading daily. This is at the core of everything we do. Teachers provide rich texts to inspire children and use these to develop children’s decoding and understanding, often using whole-class activities, using a shared text, to develop reading skills. We are also in the process of re-developing our new community school library which will allow us to take our reading provision to the next level, providing a dedicated, well resourced area for reading pastimes for everyone in our school community. 

Phonics

"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark."           —     Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

The teaching of phonics is how a child learns to hear and then recognise the sounds and sight of letters. Phonics is an integral part of teaching a child to read. The ability to read, ultimately impacts on a child’s skills in spelling and writing. Children learn to read by understanding and recognising the letters and sounds (phonics), but also by being immersed in literature, text and books. Phonics is taught exclusively and is part of the wider teaching of reading and writing at Willingdon.

In EYFS and KS1 phonics is taught in daily 30 minute lessons. Phonics continues into KS2 for those children that have gaps in their phonic knowledge.

We aim to make our phonics sessions active and engaging for all learners using high quality resources and key texts.

Whole Class Reading

At Willingdon we use our quality texts to plan daily guided reading lessons. These lessons are planned to teach fluency and comprehension skills. We follow the ‘progression of skills’ and ‘21 steps to reading’ documents to inform our planning.

Whole School Reading

At Willingdon in addition to our daily reading and phonics lessons we like to create opportunities to celebrate reading and books across the whole school. These include;

Regular use of our library including library monitors in each class

Secret reader

Share a book

World Book Day

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This year things were a bit different but we still managed to have fun enjoying books…

Activities on the day included;

A story relay across the school

A masked reader competition

Live story tellings

And of course the fancy dress competition which included a family entry for those in lockdown.

book day winners from 4.3.21Capture

Reading for Pleasure

We encourage reading for pleasure as much as possible.

We take part in competitions to inspire and motivate reading. These are often linked to local book shops and libraries. These include summer and winter reading challenges that reward children who read a certain number of books.

https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

We also run our own get caught reading challenge.

Our winners were rewarded with book tokens from the amazing Bag of Books Bookshop in Lewes. We had some fantastic entries from staff and children. Reading in swimming pools, on tractors, up mountains and whilst doing gymnastics!!

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Supporting your child to read

"Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks." — Dr. Seuss

Even before your child starts at Willingdon they are given the first of the quality texts. Every child receives this to ease transition and ensure they are familiar before starting. Once in school children are given reading records and the chance to take home reading books. Whilst your child is learning specific phonic sounds they will be given reading books that match the phonic phase they are learning to support decoding skills. We regularly assess the childrens fluency and comprehension skills to ensure they have books that match their reading ability. We also encourage looking at high quality texts which may be above your childs reading ability. In school these are read to the children as part of lessons and storytime. These support the immersion and development of a rich vocabulary. We encourage you to do the same at home.

See attached a list of questions based around the VIPER skills that you can ask your children when reading with them.

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Secret Reader:

We encourage children to read at all times in the day and in every part of the school. One way we do this is through our unique ‘Secret Reader’ initiative whereby children ‘caught’ secretly reading, at any-time and in any place, are entered into a draw where there is an opportunity to win a £5 book voucher. The secret reader draw takes place in assemblies and is eagerly anticipated by all the children.

Share a Book

Other than the first and last Friday of each term, we host our very successful ‘Share a Book’ sessions when we welcome parents, grandparents, carers and other family members into school to read with their children. Children can also choose to read with siblings and others. This has proven to be a very popular initiative which promotes reading for pleasure and welcomes the community into school for a big read.

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Suggested Reading Lists

We have compiled a list of suggested rich fiction texts for each year group. Please download the appropriate year group for your child below and enjoy!

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