Foxes Piece is passionate about reading at school and we have a clear, consistent, whole school approach. We have an additional teacher who has undertaken six years of training in conjunction with the Institute of Education in London and is a reading specialist. Since the school began its involvement with Reading Recovery, our vision has been that all staff will teach and support the development of reading in the same way to ensure both continuity and progression.
Our Reading Recovery teacher has provided training for all teaching staff and Learning Support Assistants as well as all our volunteers, parents of target children and Governors. In January 2012, our Ofsted Inspector noted – “Much professional development work has been undertaken by teachers” and that “All staff are highly committed to helping the pupils to achieve the best that they can. Pupils’ reading skills have accelerated because of the good teaching of linking sounds and letters, guided reading and the carefully targeted use of interventions with those who require additional support to accelerate their reading.”
Reading is a very complex process which involves both accurate word recognition and good language comprehension – both are essential if children are to become good readers.
We teach reading through Guided Reading, Shared Reading and Individual Reading as well as daily phonics lessons following the Letters and Sounds programme.
We have worked hard to create a whole school culture where reading is valued and we inspire every child to be a reader.
Our School Reading Scheme
Our Specialist Reading Teacher has designed a bespoke reading scheme that is based on colour bands as outlined by the Institute of Education. There is a large assortment of other texts to ensure pupils’ reading is rich, varied and enjoyable.