At Underhill School we want our children to love reading and this is at the heart of our reading curriculum. We want all our children to be enthusiastic readers who read widely and frequently and take true pleasure in reading.
Our reading journey starts with systematic teaching of phonics : direct, focused phonics is taught every day in Reception and Key Stage 1. We use a scheme called Rocket Phonics which provides an ambitious framework for teaching of phonics.
As soon as children have learned new sounds, they start to read decodable Target Practice books. They provide focused practice of newly learned sounds and words. We read these fully decodable books as a whole-class, in guided groups , one-to-one and in independent reading.
Guided reading is taught daily. During guided reading the teacher reads with a group of children who all read at the same ability level. Children read a short passage and explore comprehension questions as a group.
We use a reading scheme called Rising Stars: they offer a huge range of books written by experienced educational and children’s writers. All the books have been carefully levelled according to book banding criteria and Lexile measured to ensure steady progression throughout the programme. Children progress through the books until they become a ‘free reader’.
ERICA (Every Child Reading in Class Always)
Every day children read silently for 20 minutes. Children read leveled books from our reading scheme. This is an opportunity for children to progress through the reading scheme and work on their reading speed and fluency and, of course, their love of reading.
FRED (Families Reading Every Day)
We want to work together with our families to improve reading and we encourage children to read at home through our FRED home reading scheme. Every time a child reads for 20 minutes , she or he gets a ‘tick’ which we record in our FRED Reading Diaries.
When we receive 10,000 reads as a school, we celebrate with a whole school reward.
We also have weekly comprehension lessons where children are taught the reading skills and abilities being measured or examined by a test (for example end of KS 1 and end of Key Stage 2 Standard Assessment Tests).
In these lessons children will learn to:
Finding books that your children love can be tricky. Please check on the links below for some suggested reading: