Broad Oak Primary School is determined that every pupil will learn to read, regardless of their background, needs or abilities.
To achieve this we ensure that:
- All children develop a love of reading and engage with reading regularly in school and outside the classroom.
- All children will be able to read fluently and confidently by the time they leave Broad Oak Primary School.
- Children are exposed to high quality texts throughout their time at Broad Oak. Stories, poems, rhymes and non-fiction are chosen to develop pupils’ vocabulary, language comprehension and love of reading.
- Children and staff at Broad Oak are kept up to date with the latest developments in children’s reading
- Any children that are not working at an age related level, receive additional support.
- Children are given opportunities to apply their reading skills across the curriculum.
- Children are read to regularly by an adult. This includes a combination of authors, teachers and parents/carers.
- The quality of teaching and learning is at least good in each class.
At Broad Oak, the teaching of phonics is embedded within English teaching in each class where appropriate. In Nursery, Reception and Year 1, phonics is taught as daily, stand-alone lessons for a minimum of 20 minutes. These lessons are delivered to differentiated groups (aligned with their phonics phase) by teachers and teaching assistants. Phonics is systematically planned using the lesson structure and teaching order of Letters and Sounds and is delivered using the THRASS teaching tool . In Year 2, pupils are taught phase 5 alternative sounds once a week until the end of Autumn 2. Pupils who do not pass the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check receive additional support through planned interventions.
Phonics is assessed each half term and pupils are regrouped according to the phase that they are working on.
Pupils who require extra support with their reading may be enrolled on our Fischer Family Trust Wave 3 reading intervention. These children will receive five additional 1:1 reading sessions a week lasting 30 minutes.
We are also currently working with Coram Beanstalk. Coram Beanstalk recruit, train and support volunteers to provide consistent, one-to-one reading support to children. Their reading helpers give them the support they need to improve their reading skills, reading ability and confidence.
Every effort will be made to hear pupils read individually either by their class teacher, teaching assistant or trained parent helper, at least once per week in EYFS and KS1.
The reading books in school provide a cumulative progression in phonics knowledge that is matched closely to the school’s phonics programme.