Pupils at Christ Church are encouraged to read from entry into school. Nursery pupils will share stories and nursery rhymes as part of the daily diet of reading. Pupils will be provided with a ‘Book Bag’ and a starter pack of books to be used at home. Initial letters and sounds will be taught, following the RWI (Read, Write Inc.) principles.
As pupils progress into Reception the teaching of reading will become more formalised. RWI will be the main tool used to help pupils develop their early reading skills and phonic awareness. This is also where pupils will begin to use the school ‘Reading Scheme’. Project X Phonics is used to support early reading but as children grow in confidence they will move to the Project X Alien Adventures books.
From Year 1 through to Year 6 pupils will mainly follow the Project X Alien Adventures scheme, although these have been supplemented with extra mini schemes also produced by Oxford University Press. This allows pupils a much richer and wider reading experience.
For those pupils who complete the scheme or are sufficiently accomplished readers then the opportunity is provided to become a ‘free reader’ and choose their own books from home or the school library.
Over the coming year, Christ Church will be implementing Accelerated Reader. This system assesses the pupils reading level and provides a list of books that will challenge and improve their reading.
Pupils will also participate in ‘Guided Reading’ sessions each week. The books chosen are carefully selected to meet the needs of the pupils and are taken from the Project X Guided Reading Scheme. For those pupils who may struggle with reading, Code X is also available to be used.
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September 2020 Update
Phonics continues to be taught through the use of Read, Write, Inc (RWI) from Nursery into Key Stage One. This programme allows pupils to build up a bank of sounds that can be used for Reading and Writing. Once the pupils are blending simple words, RWI storybooks are read during the sessions. These books contain ‘green’ decodable words and tricky ‘red’ words. Pupils should become fluent when reading these books and begin to use their ‘Storyteller Voice’.
Once pupils have completed RWI, Reading is taught using Literacy and Language. This programme provides high-quality texts that the children can read, understand and explore to support their own Writing of stories.
Each week, pupils take part in a 'Big Reading' lesson in school. 'Big Reading' introduces pupils to four characters: Rex the Retriever, Expi the Explorer, Ansa the Analyser and Dood the Detective. These characters develop the pupil's ability to sequence, retrieve, infer and predict about different texts.
The use of Accelerated Reader is now embedded from Year 2 upwards. Pupils are able to complete quizzes on the books they have read each week showing an understanding of what they have read. Each half term, Accelerated Reader is also used as an assessment tool. Pupils complete a reading assessment that provides staff with the child's reading age and ZPD. The ZPD allows pupils to choose a suitable Library book to take home and enjoy from our colour-coded library. 'Free Readers' are encouraged to use their ZPD to ensure their choice of book is both accessible and challenging.
Reading Planet is a new programme we are using to allow the pupils to access reading books virtually from home. Each pupil has their own log in and teachers are able to assign books in line with the child's ability for them to read online. At the end of each book, there is a mini quiz for them to complete showing an understanding of what they have read.
Oxford Owl is a free website where books can be accessed. Each class has their own account that they can log into and choose a book to read. The books are grouped into Book Bands the same as our main Reading Scheme. There are also a selection of RWI books available to read at home.