Reading at Ackton Pastures Academy
Our Read, Write, Inc Reading Leader is Mrs Whalley Our Reading Subject Leader is Mr Kyle Allanson.
At Ackton Pastures, we strive to create a reading culture that teaches our children about the many joys of books. We aim to create a love of reading in all our children so that they not only learn how to read but use reading to further their learning in other subjects. It is our intention to teach children how to be lifelong readers who can read fluently, accurately and with confidence. We also understand that reading is a tool to develop socially, emotionally, and culturally and teachers choose high quality books that engage, inspire and provide a wealth of vocabulary for our children.
We understand the importance of using phonics to teach children to read accurately from an early age, which we achieve using the Read, Write Inc programme. We support this by sending home books each week that carefully match the child’s phonic knowledge so that they experience success as a reader from a young age. As children progress, they also have access to other banded books, including Oxford Reading Tree.
Please see the documents below, which outline the intent behind our phonics and early reading curriculum, Read, Write, Inc, how we intend for this to be implemented into the classroom, and how the impact of this work is measured.
Reading after Phonics
In KS2, children have a daily guided reading session that focusses on teaching children key comprehension skills. A range of quality, age-appropriate texts are used, which encourage children to continue their love of reading. Each day, children take part in a different activity to practise their fluency and comprehension skills.
They follow a 5-step process:
1. Pre-reading activity
2. Read with a teacher
3. Independent application of skills
4. Read with an additional adult
5. Reading for Pleasure
Please see the documents below, which outline the intent, implementation and impact of our approach to reading.
Further reading opportunities...
Our aim is to immerse children in reading throughout the school day and the school week.
Research shows that children being read to by an adult is imperative to their success within the subject. At Ackton, we ensure that children have their class novel read to them by an adult for at least 15 minutes each day.
In addition to the taught sessions above, each classroom has its own book area with a range of genres for children to access. Children can select texts from the book area to read at given times throughout the school day as well the opportunity to take quality books home to independently read or read with an adult.
For those children who require more support with reading, they receive 1:1 sessions with adults across the school week to help bring them in-line with their age-related expectation.
We also have subscribed to the online platforms of 'Oxford Owl' (for early reading) and 'Bug Club' (for developing readers). This allows children to access a library of e-books from their home devices to read for pleasure, with opportunities to earn and spend coins by answering comprehensions throughout the texts.
Why this approach?
Below, you will find helpful links and documents for parents to help understand what Read, Write, Inc, and why we use the programme in school. Read, Write, Inc. Phonics is a whole-school approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling for 4 to 7-year olds that creates fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers. It integrates phonics with comprehension, writing, grammar, spelling and handwriting, using engaging partner work and drama. We use this programme because it has proven results nationwide and we believe it helps us to ensure the very best early reading outcomes. Once pupils have completed the programme, they continue to receive targeted teaching of reading skills and strategies which meet their needs. Our guided reading system ensures that all children work with adults regularly to secure understanding before applying those skills independently.