Reading Information for Parents
At The Gates we have a structured approach to the teaching of reading which aims to develop confident readers who love reading a wide range of texts.
We teach phonics initially to help children develop decoding skills so that they can quickly learn to read books independently. Phonics is taught using Letters & Sounds. Children are grouped according to their ability to ensure learning and progression at an appropriate level and pace. Phonics is taught through a mixture of interactive games, puzzles, reading, rhymes, actions, letter formation & writing. Children learn the phonemes & corresponding graphemes & apply them to a variety of situations. Learning phonics is supported through homework.
Alongside the teaching of phonics, we share books across school as a class, in groups and individually. All year groups visit the local library and we encourage pupils to take school library books home alongside their individual reading books.
Children are supported across school to develop their reading skills and the level of support given depends on the needs of each child. In addition, we have older children who are trained as reading buddies to support younger children. A group of trained volunteers also support our children on a regular basis by sharing books and promoting good reading habits.