English – Reading, Writing and Phonics
Reading is all about acquiring meaning; for enjoyment, information and understanding. It is not a performance, it is not a test, but at St Mary’s we understand that success in reading is fundamental to success in school. Creating a love of reading in children is potentially one of the most powerful ways of improving academic standards in school. We strive to improve pupils chances in school, and beyond in the wider world by enabling them to become truly independent readers.
The hearing of reading is NOT the teaching of reading and we ensure that, through a range of approaches, children are being taught fundamental reading skills.
Our approaches include:
Daily phonics, shared reading, guided reading, opportunities for independent reading, focused reading activities (as a whole class, in small groups or independently), opportunities for reading across the curriculum, the sharing of class novels and stories.
Our teaching of reading is focused on 2 skills:
- Phonics & word recognition – the ability to blend letter sounds (phonemes) together to read words and the ability to recognise words presented in and out of context.
- Understanding – The ability to understand the meaning of the words and sentences in a text and the ability to understand the ideas, information and themes in a text
In this section you will find links to frequently asked questions and information on ways in which you can help your child at home.