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Phonics and Reading

At Greenland Community Primary School, we strive to promote a love of reading in all that we do. Our bespoke curriculum has a vast selection of rich and inspirational stories at its heart; we ensure that pupils have lots of opportunities to read in lots of different contexts. We believe that being a fluent and avid reader opens doors for children to the wider world and gives them the tools they need to be lifelong learners. It is our mission to ensure that all children leave us at the end of Year 6 as fluent and avid readers, armed with the tools necessary in order thrive in Key Stage Three and beyond.

At Greenland we use Read Write Inc. (RWI) which is a structured phonics programme designed to help all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. Children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and how to blend them to read and spell. If any child is finding it challenging, we have swift and effective tutoring programs that run every afternoon to ensure that children “keep up” rather than trying to “catch up”. Throughout the year, we will run parent sessions to help ensure that our families are as comfortable with the approach as we are and that together, we can make an incredible difference to our children’s lives.

We firmly believe that reading is the key that unlocks the whole curriculum so the ability to efficiently decode is essential. Read Write Inc. sessions occur each day in Reception and KS1. In KS2, those children who are still accessing phonics will receive daily phonics lessons each day in small groups, as well as Fast Track Phonics and daily tutoring to support catch up.

Read, Write Inc ensures that children learn the basics of reading and decoding but our wonderful book spine across school enables our children to be immersed in carefully selected, high quality texts. 

Useful Links:

Parent’s Guide to Read Write Inc


Film for Parents and Carers

In Key Stage Two,  we have daily guided reading comprehension sessions from Year 3 onwards to ensure that children read age-related texts and answer V.I.P.E.R.S (Vocabulary, Inference, Predict, Explain, Retrieve and Summarise/Sequence) as our method to explicitly teach each skill. These whole class or group reading comprehension sessions are used as a tool to allow all children to make progress in reading and provide regular and supportive opportunities for children to encounter engaging texts that will resonate with their interests and capture their imagination. Carefully graded questions allow for children to develop their comprehension skills at an appropriate level.

Daily story time

Children listen to and discuss stories, poems and non- fiction books at the end of the school day. These often link with their current learning project.

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