At Pinvin Federation, reading standards are a strength of the school. We encourage reading from the Eary Years Foundation Stage where pupils are introduced to early reading alongside their daily phonics sessions. We have, during the last twelve months invested in a programme entitled "Accelerated Reader." (AR) This programme operates within our guided reading structure, which in turn works within the wider English curriculum. The aim is for all aspects of English to be interwoven to create a greater learning depth.
Accelerated Reader (AR) is a tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice. With AR, teachers can create a reading programme to meet the needs of every student. Using information generated by the software, our teachers can help students select books that are difficult enough to keep them challenged, but not too difficult to cause frustration. In addition, it helps our teachers to monitor students’ vocabulary growth, literacy skills development and reading skills taught through other reading schemes. Our library is continually being updated and now contains sections for boys, gifted readers and younger children. Information about how to support your child with reading is given in Reception and at the start of Year 5, via annual parent meetings and individual support. If your child finds reading harder, they will be given extra support, assessment and intervention in order for them to make good progress. The ability to read well is at the core of school life and it is something that, inthe Pinvin Federation, we believe we do well.
Beyond Accelerated Reader, we encourage the children to have a love of reading and they are also able to take home a regular library book that they have in addition to their AR book.
Our Approach to Reading and Phonics
At Pinvin, we aim to develop our children’s reading ability by developing their fluency, understanding and confidence. We aim to promote reading for pleasure and enjoyment as well as for different purposes such as information retrieval.
Children within Reception have regular opportunities to read individually with their Class Teacher and with Teaching Assistants. Daily guided reading sessions within years One to Four ensure that each child reads with their Class Teacher and a Teaching Assistant each week, as part of a small group. Children at Pinvin have access to a wide range of books, spanning all genres, which are levelled by reading ability. We encourage our children to enjoy reading and to become motivated, independent readers. Children are able to select their own reading books and cross-curricular reading is used to support learning in other curriculum areas.
We use a combination between Rigby Star, Pearsons Bug Club, Ginn, Oxford Reading Tree and Lighthouse reading schemes in Key Stage 1. We also use Phonics Bug e-readers alongside Accelerated Reader which was introduced in January 2015.
Phonics has a high profile within our school. We view phonics as the starting point for developing a lifelong love of reading. Children within Reception and Key Stage One experience daily phonic sessions which follow the phonic phases set out within Letters and Sounds. In Reception, aspects from the Jolly Phonics programme are used to support kinaesthetic learners.
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