Reading is a skill essential for life and at Bishop Wilson we want our children to leave school with a love of reading. It is vital that every child learns to speak, understand spoken language and read first (before beginning to learn other skills/subjects). Speaking and reading are the foundation of all languages. Therefore, in Early Years and Year 1 phonics lessons occur daily. As part of the phonics programme, the children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and how to blend and segment them to read and spell. Children are also taught that blending and segmenting is a reversible process, and are shown how they can apply this to help them read and then spell words accurately. Children are also taught to read common exception words that do not conform to regular phonics patterns. The aim of this is to enable children to be able to read words and texts that are within their phonic capabilities as early as possible.
In Key Stage 1 and 2, Reading is taught explicitly through The Talk for Writing sequence at Bishop Wilson as well as in guided reading lessons. At Bishop Wilson, we follow a two-week rotation for reading sessions. Children receive one week of whole class reading sessions, followed by one week of small group reading sessions. The small group sessions enable the teacher to focus on key skills they know a specific group of children need whilst the whole class sessions allow all children (regardless of their personal word recognition and phonics skills) to access, experience and discuss high-quality texts therefore preventing them from being held back by the mechanical skills of reading.
During all reading sessions, children need to be aware of the reading skills they are using in order to give them a greater understanding of what makes a well-rounded reader. Children are explicitly taught the skills of reading (outlined in the National Curriculum and the KS1 and KS2 test domains) through the use of the acronym VIPERS which were created by Rob Smith (The Literacy Shed).
Sequence (Ks1)/Summarise (Ks2)
We recognise the importance of reading and its ability to give children access to the world around them and new and imagined worlds. Each classroom has its own book corner with a variety of fiction and non-fiction books for children to choose to read. Children have access to our school library and they are encouraged to select a book of their choice from the range on offer to read and share with their family at home.