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Reading and Phonics

Reading is at the heart of everything we do at Gwyn Jones Primary School. One of our aims in English is to develop a love of reading in all children.

Phonics

We want every child to succeed in reading and writing at Gwyn Jones Primary School. We use the  Ruth Miskin ‘Read Write Inc’ scheme, which promotes the high quality and systematic teaching of reading and phonics. ‘Read Write Inc’ is a rapid learn to read programme that gives children the tools to read to learn in future life.

‘Read Write Inc’ is taught daily in EYFS and KS1. ‘Read Write Inc’ develops fluent, enthusiastic readers and confident speakers in our school. Through the programme children improve and develop a deep comprehension of a variety of genre of texts, and children are inspired to become independent and confident readers. Children are taught to read and write letter-sound correspondences quickly and to decode effortlessly, ensuring they read with fluency and expression. High quality speaking and listening activities, drama and role play techniques will enhance and support children in their phonic and reading skills development.

Reading

At Gwyn Jones Primary School we use a reciprocal reading approach to develop reading comprehension through focusing on the  key skills: predicting, clarifying language, summarising, questioning, visualising, comparing and analysing. 

Reading Eggs

Children have access to Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress to develop thier reading at home. This is a fun and engaging way to support your child with thier reading.  Children can access the site here. If your child has forgotten their username and password please contact the school office.

Reading Policy

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Reading at home

The best way to help your child achieve well in reading, and indeed across the curriculum is to hear them read, share and discuss a variety of reading materials as often as you can. Children are expected to read at least 3 times per week, but we urge you to strive for five times a week. The children are provided with a book banded reading book, but are also encouraged to read widely. This may include a range of non-fiction texts such as newspapers, restaurant menus or road signs. Once the children have read at home to an adult, a record of the read should be noted in their home-school reading diary.

Writing

The overarching aim for English at Gwyn Jones Primary School is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word. We aim to develop and nurture in the children a love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  •  acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

 

The National Curriculum requires that children are taught key skills and processes that are essential for writing.  We want our children to be successful at each stage of the writing process:

· Planning

· Drafting and writing

· Evaluating and Editing

· Proof reading

· Reading aloud to others

As part of this process, children are given opportunities to write for real purposes and audiences. Pupils at will have opportunities to apply and showcase their writing skills across the curriculum.

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