Reading at Northfield
At Northfield we have a real passion for reading and ensure we share this with the children. Our aim is that by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently and with confidence, in any subject. We aim to ensure all children at Northfield have a love of reading. To promote this, reading permeates through our entire curriculum, children are exposed to and have a access to a wide range of high quality texts.
TEACHING OF READING
Our main scheme for phonics and early reading is Read Write Inc. Within this scheme children learn to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. Throughout the programme children learn the English alphabetic code (the 150+ graphemes that represent the 44 speech sounds). They rapidly learn sounds and letters or groups of letters they need to represent them, and they use them to read words fluently. Alongside this they are taught high frequency words that are not phonically regular. All of these words and sounds are practised frequently.
All children who do Read Write Inc are given a reading book to take home that is linked to what they are currently learning in school and is matched to the ability of individual children.
When children move off the Read Write Inc programme, usually around Year 2, they then work on the Year 2 Comprehension Programme devised by Ruth Miskin.
When children complete the Read, Write, Inc programme they start to use Accelerated Reader. This gives children the opportunity to read great books at the appropriate level and allows them to complete a quiz online at the end of each text.
When children enter Key Stage 2 (Year 3) they begin daily 30 minute reading skills lessons where they are taught key reading skills such as retrieval and inference. One text is studied in depth each week with an assessment at the end of the week on the key skills taught.
Children are encouraged to read at home for a minimum of 10 minutes each day and each child has a planner to record this in. We offer reward schemes for children who read at home, and for those who read more frequently. Each week one child in each class is presented with a 'Reader of the Week' certificate.