Reading at School
At Twyning School, we value the importance of reading and place it at the heart of our curriculum. We know that reading is a vital skill that will support children’s learning across all subjects and as such, we will ensure our children are taught to read with fluency, accuracy and understanding. Our aim is to encourage every child at Twyning to become an enthusiastic, independent reader that will develop a life-long love of reading. This approach demonstrates how school and home can work together to achieve this.
Our Teaching Philosophy
We strongly believe that the best readers are the best learners and the best writers - we read as writers and write as readers! Strategies for writing and speaking and listening therefore form an integral part of the reading curriculum, in our school.
We strive to provide stimulating reading environments, where reading materials are presented in an attractive and inviting way. Every class has access to the school library that is regularly updated with newly published books, including texts requested by the children. Our library displays the book of the month for Key Stage 2 and provides recommendations for children based on authors that they enjoy.
Within English lessons, we use high quality texts that engage and stimulate the children’s imaginations; these texts and planning materials are sourced from a variety of high quality providers including CLPE, Literacy Shed + and The Reader Teacher. Our teaching staff are keen readers and they are able to choose high level texts, from different sources, that will suit their pupils’ abilities. Teachers will act as role models in their enthusiasm for both reading and writing by keeping up to date with current children’s literature through engaging in projects like ‘Reading Teachers, Reading Pupils’.
Developing a Love of Reading
Children in our school have the opportunity to read at least once a day for pleasure. Children have access to high quality texts from classroom book corners and also get the opportunity to visit the library on a weekly basis. Teachers also prioritise reading aloud to their classes; in every class this happens a minimum of once a day.
Phonics and Early Reading
At Twyning School, we use Little Wandle Revised Letters and Sounds to teach our phonic programme with rigour and fidelity. We teach our phonics, so that is accessible to all, by planning for 100% engagement from each child. Synthetic systematic phonics is a key skill that supports the development of early reading.
We place our quality phonics teaching in a language rich curriculum, with exposure to a range of both physical and digital texts. We continually aim to make strides towards closing the word gap.
Working alongside parents and carers we want to provide our pupils with the skills they need to have a successful start to their lives as readers and to ensure that our children develop a love of reading. Please see our Phonics page for more information.
In every year group at Twyning School, we have children who are nominated as Reading Ambassadors. They meet regularly to help develop the ethos and culture of reading within our school, to help in the library and to provide book recommendations to other children.
Reading Sessions: How Do We Teach Reading at Twyning School?
Children across the school have taught reading sessions everyday. These are whole class reading sessions which are a balance between practising reading fluency, discussion based learning and written comprehension. As well as this, children are regularly heard reading aloud by an adult in EYFS/KS1 and as regularly as possible in KS2.
We also use the Reading Dogs to teach and reference key reading skills with the children please see the poster below.