How we teach pupils to read.

At North Wheatley C of E Primary School, books are organised into book banded colour groups. The book band boxes contain a wide range of books including Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cats and other to supplement the range of choice. Pupils can select any book from their band colour to read at home and in school. Staff regularly assess pupils’ reading through Guided reading sessions, individual reading times and on-going assessments. Progress through the bands is carefully monitored to ensure that pupils are challenged appropriately.
Pupils have individual reading target books which helps them to identify the next steps in their reading development. Their next targets are shared with parents at Open Afternoons and in planners. Pupils celebrate when they achieve their targets by placing their photos on the achievement mountain. They love to see themselves and their friends on the mountain!

Phonics is taught through school in response to the needs of pupils. In Key Stage 1,phonics is taught daily using Letters and Sounds. In Key Stage 2, phonics is incorporated and interlinked into learning across the curriculum. Catch up and consolidatory sessions are delivered as required

Mrs Bailey, our English co-ordinator, is rigorous in monitoring reading provision through school. She has provided professional development opportunities for staff on Guided Reading to ensure that all pupils benefit from focussed Guided Reading sessions each week. She also ensures that classes have access to the library area on a regular basis, that there are stimulating reading areas, that pupils develop a love of reading and that there are wide ranges of popular and classical books, comics, information texts and news reports available to choose from.