At Amesbury CE Primary School, our children will leave us as ambitious readers. Our children will be able to read fluently, confidently and well. Each ‘reading teacher’ talks enthusiastically about reading and chooses high quality texts to inspire the love and pleasure for reading for all of our children. As the children progress through our school, they will be able to articulate their responses to a variety of texts they have read. They will also be taught to evaluate and appreciate the deeper meaning within these, ensuring that they are prepared for the next stage of their education. Our children are always encouraged to work hard and demonstrate our school values of kindness, dignity and endurance, thereby promoting our whole school ethos, ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.’ (Colossians 3:23)
We start using the RWI (Read, Write, Inc) programme to teach our children in Reception. Daily lessons continue until children are ready to exit the programme. Children will practice their developing reading skills with books that are perfectly matched to their phonic and ‘tricky word’ knowledge. They begin to believe in themselves as successful readers. This boosts their confidence and ensures they want to continue learning. Once the children have exited the RWI programme, the children participate in daily guided reading sessions, using a variety of fiction and non-fiction books linked to the children’s topics. Each term has the objectives mapped out from the ‘National Curriculum’, ensuring an even coverage throughout the year, allowing the children to be taught, recap their knowledge and independently apply it.
Children who are struggling readers and who are at risk of not achieving the age related expectations (ARE) are quickly identified and assessed on the ‘Fresh Start’ intervention programme. These children will then have daily ‘catch up’ sessions to ensure they make rapid progress. Regular and consistent assessment ensures that children are grouped appropriately; they may move groups if they are making faster progress than others or they may receive one-to-one coaching if they need support to keep up. We will always keep parents informed of their child’s progress and of any concerns so that they know how to help at home.
Your child will bring a home a range of fiction and non-fiction books, carefully selected by the class teacher in the class book corner. At times, you may notice that your child has chosen a book that is more challenging to read. Throughout the year, the senior leadership team and class teachers will be reviewing the books accessible to the children, supporting them to read a diverse selection of texts. We know parents and carers are very busy people but becoming a fluent and confident reader is the most important thing your child will learn at Amesbury Primary School, and we will ensure every child learns to read as quickly as possible, thus enabling them to become confident readers, speakers and authors who are best-equipped to understand, explore and work creatively as citizens of God’s world.