Reading at Great Waldingfield Primary School
At Great Waldingfield our aim is to develop a love for reading in all the children. We have a new purpose built library which is well stocked with both fiction and non-fiction books. The children also choose their books from a variety of reading scheme books, including Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat, Dandelion Readers and Storyworlds. Soon all the reading scheme books will have new coloured stickers to make it easier for the children to choose a book that will support them in developing their reading skills and enjoyment.
In Early Years and KS1 class teachers use ‘Letters and Sounds’ which is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It is a systematic programme for teaching phonic skills which aims for all children to be fluent readers by the time they are seven.
Alongside the decoding, children are taught comprehension skills so they can maximise the enjoyment of what they read. Comprehension is mainly taught through guided reading sessions. This is where a small group of about five or six children learn from a carefully chosen text alongside the class teacher or learning support assistant (LSA). Of course there are many other opportunities, across the curriculum to develop such skills as inference and deduction and how to use skimming and scanning is used to retrieve information efficiently, and class teachers will capitalise on these occasions.