Reading at Aughton Christ Church C.E Primary School

At Aughton Christ Church we teach reading through a ‘phonics first’ approach. We use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme to teach phonics which allows children to begin to decode words in reading books (see English policy for more details).

We use a variety of commercial schemes to teach reading which gives children exposure to different styles of books. Our books are colour banded in line with the phonic phases, which enables children to read books that are closely matched to their improving phonic knowledge. The variety of books in each colour band enables the children to develop comprehension skills alongside their word reading skills. As children progress into KS2 they read books at an age appropriate interest level which continue to challenge and teach word reading and comprehension skills.

Commercial schemes used are:
Oxford Reading Tree
Floppy Phonics
Project X Phonics
Project X
Songbird Phonics
Code Breakers for those children with difficulty using phonics

Reading at Aughton Christ Church C.E Primary school is taught through:
Whole class reading 
that develops listening skills, a love of story and reading for pleasure. This is teacher led reading with children listening and responding to questions, predictions and vocabulary choices as appropriate to the level of the children.

Shared reading that immerses children in pattern of story and features of text types. This happens within the reading phase of the taught English sequence and allows children the opportunity to analyse, read and respond to texts prior to writing. The teacher models as an expert reader and draws out the key elements of the content.

Guided reading that targets children’s reading skills. Guided reading occurs outside the taught English lesson and in the Reading Workshop session. This is based on a rotation during the week within the class. Children are grouped according to ability and when not reading in a guided session, the children are given a purposeful preparation or follow up activity. Guided reading takes place in small groups with teacher input using a colour banded text. Children read at an “instructional level”, the level towards which they are working. 

Independent reading. Books are sent home with a reading record for communication with parents. All children take home a book at their “practice level” the level at which they are currently working and these are changed on a weekly or more basis.

The Reading environment encourages children to interact with displays, to follow instructions and signs, promoting functional language. We have regular topic loans from the Lancashire Library Service.

The school library provides reference and reading materials for children and teachers. All library books are classified and bar coded.  Books are organised using the Junior Librarian computerised bar code system. The children are given the opportunities to change their book on a regular basis. Some classes have an annual visit to Ormskirk Library.

We encourage all children to read for pleasure and to read different types of books. Not only does this open up different worlds for the imagination to enjoy, it also helps increase understanding, levels of vocabulary and has an effect on children’s writing as ideas and vocabulary can be incorporated into their writing from the books that they have read.

We strongly encourage families to become involved with their child’s reading. Children benefit enormously being read to or with and from seeing all adults read (regardless of age or gender).

For further information on our curriculum or for advice on reading with your child, please speak to your child’s teacher or Mrs Chapple (English subject leader).