At Staverton we want all our children to be competent readers. The teaching of reading at Staverton is based in three approaches: individual reading, group reading- known as guided reading and shared reading where a teacher models skills for the children. In the earlier years at school children are read to on a daily basis. We use several schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Project X and Rigby Star Phonics which all support the phonics teaching sequence.
We teach our children to read using the Read Write Inc Programme. Read Write Inc is a method of learning centred around letter sounds and and phonics, blending them together to read and write words and using these learnt sounds in their reading and writing. Using Read Write Inc the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read.
Children are assessed and grouped according to their ability and they work with a teacher or teaching assistant on the Read Write Inc programme. The children are continuously assessed by the Read Write Inc lead, Mrs Barlow, to ensure that they move through the programme at a good pace. When the children complete the Read Write Programme they move into a SPaG and Guided Reading group. These sessions are very structured and are designed to give children the knowledge and skills required to become confident readers and writers.
Guided continues for the remaining years at school. For certain children individual reading may continue longer where there is a need to reinforce some early skills. Reading skills are also a fundamental part of learning in all curricular areas so teachers deliberately create opportunities to practise reading skills or apply them in new contexts, eg computer work, research in other subjects and games.
Parents and carers may be interested to know that Oxford Reading Tree have made a good number of their books available for free on their website, Oxford Owl. Here you can enjoy the same books we have in school with some interactive features at many different levels.
Click on the link below to access up to 200 ebooks.
Every class has a weekly library slot where they can choose books to take home and enjoy.
In each classroom at KS1: book corner, fiction and non-fiction books, sets of dictionaries at various levels.
Centrally held at KS1: fiction and non-fiction books are stored in the Library and on shelves within the classroom. An extra selection, for use particularly in KS 1 shared and group reading is kept in the Literacy room where big books for whole class shared reading are also to be found. Group readers (in sets of 6 books), Oxford Reading Tree books and independent readers suitable for Year 2 are stored on shelves and tables in the Shared Area.
In each classroom at KS2: book corner, fiction and non-fiction, Sets of books, various genres, for guided and group reading, All appropriate Framework material for class and individual activities, Sets of dictionaries and thesauruses.
Centrally held at KS2: well stocked library of fiction and non fiction material which children may borrow for enjoyment or use in school for research purposes. ICT suite: opportunities for research using CD Roms and the Internet as well as specific research programs. Bunches of six books are stored in the shared area.