Reading is an area of the curriculum that we are passionate about. All members of our school are encouraged to read at every opportunity. Our wonderful library is bursting with fantastic books for all of the children in each key stage. Your child brings home a school reading book matched to their reading comprehension. All children have the option of borrowing a library book during class sessions or during our dinnertime clubs.
‘Success For All’ as part of our Reading Curriculum
At Richard Wakefield the Success For All reading scheme provides the core of our reading curriculum.
The SFA Kinder Programme gives children the opportunity to use a mixture of Letters and Sounds through the Kinder phonics programme, which begins in Reception. By incorporating a systematic synthetic phonics programme, using specially-developed stories, we aim to ensure that children enter Year 1 with ‘basic language, literacy concepts and skills and the social skills, self-reliance and confidence necessary to succeed in primary school’ (SFA website).
The SFA Roots Programme gives children the building blocks to become successful readers. Using a systematic, synthetic phonics programme, which has been endorsed by the Rose Review, children gain confidence in their ability to apply their knowledge to the reading process.
Literacy Roots' daily programme is built around four basic components:
1. FastTrack Phonics
2. Colourful mnemonic pictures (to help memory) are integrated with alliterative phrases (words that start with the same letter/sound e.g. cool cat), sounds and letter cues to provide phonemic awareness and phonics instruction. Entertaining puppets, chants, and games add fun to the fast-paced instruction that is designed to review and introduce sounds and their written representations.
3. Vibrant story books engage children to practise their decoding, fluency and comprehension skills. The teacher presents new vocabulary and then guides pupils as they read the decodable story with their partners. Higher-level thinking skills are targeted in whole-class discussion to stimulate children’s oral language and cognitive development as they become confident, enthusiastic readers. Story Telling and Retelling (STaR)
4. Shared Stories - a collection of forty-eight books, both fictional and non-fiction text, are read interactively with children as part of the daily lessons. Using partner talk and response, teachers model and practise the early skills of predicting, clarifying and questioning to support the development of effective reading strategies.
The SFA Wings programme exposes children to carefully selected literature covering all the different genres to develop their skills as effective readers. The aim of the Wings programme is that by the end of Year 6 children have a love of reading and are able to question and clarify their understanding of any text.
Aim of Literacy Wings: To give children a love of reading and create fluent and confident readers by the end of Year 6, well-able to clarify and question a range of texts.
- Support and challenges both basic and more competent readers
- Develops their skills through reading a wide range of carefully selected literature including fiction, non-fiction and poetry
- In most cases children read the whole book
- The books are supported by well-thought-out, structured teaching materials that stimulate discussion about the text
- The five levels of materials include detailed daily lesson plans for teachers, pupil materials that support them
- Assessment opportunities are built into the teacher’s lesson plans.