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Phonics and Reading

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Reading is something children need to learn and something they should love.

Young people who enjoy reading very much are nearly five times as likely to read above the expected level for their age compared with young people who do not enjoy reading at all.’

National Literacy Trust, Children’s and young people’s reading today, 2012

 

At The Berkeley Academy we strive to achieve the following;

 

  1. To develop happy, healthy and curious learners who read confidently and independently
  2. To begin to develop lifelong enjoyment and pleasure in reading
  1. To enable children to access all areas of the curriculum
  2. To enable children to access, understand and begin to manage information
  3. To begin to understand the meaning of what is read to them and what they read
  4. To begin to respond to what they read; to say whether they like or don’t like it and why
  5. To begin to understand and respond to the feelings that words can arouse in us like happiness, sadness, anger
  6. To begin to understand that this experience allows us to make connections with other people
  7. To walk through doors to the past, to the future, and to other worlds both real and imagined

To do this we give children opportunities to read with staff and friends. We read for pleasure and to develop our reading skills. We learn to use phonics to sound out words and we learn to use the text to decode tricky words.

We aim to develop our understanding of texts by improving our comprehension skills.

Firstly we learn to PEE - That is, Point at the Evidence and Explain.

This allows us to show exactly how we have understood the text and used it, rather than our own knowledge, to answer a question.

As we progress children learn to ‘Read with RIC’

R = Retreive an answer

I = Use inferential skills

C = Understand what a word means from the context of the text.

 

Understanding texts isn’t easy but children use these strategies and persevere. Some children may find reading hard work so at The Berkeley we aim to show children the enjoyment of sharing books, particularly stories.            We ensure children at all levels of reading ability hear and access a range of quality texts so that they can begin to develop an understanding of books and start to find favourite books and authors. Each class has a class reader which they share at the end of the day. We also choose our texts for literacy carefully, selecting books that are engaging and exciting.

 

The more children read or are read to, the more they will improve as readers so please keep reading with your children and record it in their diaries each week. 

Teachers keep a record of how many times children read each week. Regular reading is celebrated and rewarded in each class.

We encourage children to bring in books they enjoy and encourage parents to come into school as 'Secret Readers' which has proved very popular with children.

 

Over the year we plan to promote reading further by extending children's opportunities to read widely and frequently at school and at home. 

If you wish to discuss anything with your child's teacher about reading, please make an appointment to come and see us.

We have created displays and Story Corners based on class readers where children can read a range of books or role play on the theme.

We also have a colourful and inviting library full of banded books and Free Readers.

Click on the link below to see some clips with children teaching phonics
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