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How we teach reading at Bishop Lonsdale Primary School.
Learning to read is one of the most important things your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.
We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we work hard to make sure children develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read. For this reason, your child is now able to choose for themselves the individual reading book they take home.
In the Foundation Stage reading skills are taught using a wide range of reading materials. Our school follows the Letters and Sounds programme. In Nursery children are taught how to handle books. They learn that all print carries meaning and begin to develop an understanding of story structure and characters through adults sharing and discussing books. We teach discrete phonics sessions daily, using Letters and Sounds. Children are taught listening skills from Nursery and the skill of segmenting and blending orally. In Reception, children build on these skills and develop new phonic skills. The children also practise reading (and spelling) ‘tricky words’, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’.
Once children can blend sounds together to read words, they practise reading books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. They start to believe they can read and this does wonders for their confidence.
In Reception children are taught reading skills through sharing big books and sound bags. Children are given opportunities for individual reading with an adult, and guided reading sessions. Children are given further opportunities to develop an enjoyment of reading through the use of story sacks, listening to rhymes, jingles and stories. Our reading scheme is comprised of many schemes but the main being Oxford Reading Tree. They are given opportunities to apply these in the context of reading and writing. Teachers regularly read to the children, too, during whole class or small group reading so the children get to know and love all sorts of stories, poetry and information books. This helps to extend children’s vocabulary and comprehension, as well as supporting their writing and not forgetting speaking and listening.
In Key Stage One we ensure systematic, daily, discrete teaching with opportunities to practice and apply in the context of reading, individual and guided reading and all areas of writing. We continue to teach to phase 6 of the letters and sounds scheme into Year 2 and beyond.
In Key Stage 2 we teach spelling groups and families within English lessons, where children are then given opportunities to apply new skills in a wide range of writing across all subject areas. From Year 1 to Year 6 children have differentiated weekly spellings and are tested weekly too. The most important thing teachers and parents can then do is ensure children apply these spellings in their writing (and reading).
In addition to class based reading, children can also develop their enjoyment for reading throughout school. They have the opportunity to access the school library to choose from a wider range of books on a weekly basis. There are reading areas around school which children can access freely and every classroom has a reading area which further promotes and encourages reading for pleasure.
How long will it take to learn to read well?
Every child is different and children will learn to read at different speeds. By the end of Year 2, most children will be able to read aloud books that are at the right level for his or her age. In Year 3 and beyond, we concentrate more on helping children to understand what they are reading, although this work begins very early on.
What can parents/carers do to help?
Your support really does get your child off to a flying start and encourages them to make great progress! You can help your child to sound out the letters in words and then to ‘blend’ the sounds together to make a whole word. Try not to refer to the letters by their names. Help your child to focus on the sounds. You can hear how to say the sounds correctly by using the letters and sounds phonics cards that are sent home during the foundation stage.
Sometimes your child might bring home a picture book that they know well. Please don’t say, ‘This is too easy.’ Instead, encourage your child to tell you the story out loud; ask them questions about things that happen or what they think about some of the characters in the story.
Make reading fun! Remember to keep reading to your child. They will come across far more adventurous words than they will in their early reading books. You will be helping them to grow a vast vocabulary and understand the meaning of different stories etc. It will also encourage them to love books and want to read more!
Computing Mission Statement
Through computing, our aim is for children to become, first and foremost, problem solvers while developing computational thinking so as to enable them to be as fully equipped as possible to engage with current and emerging technologies.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.