Thorpepark approach to reading

Children at Thorpepark are exposed to quality books and text from the day they start to the day they leave.

Reading is a life skill that we believe every child will learn and develop at our school.

We embed a culture of learning to read and then reading to learn.

Foundation and Key Stage 1

How do we teach children to decode?

Phonics is an important aspect for children developing ‘reading and writing’ skills. Phonics is the main strategy used to enable pupils to decode and read.

The validated systematic synthetic phonic (SSP) programme for Thorpepark Academy is Bug Club.

We use Pearson Bug Club Phonic books which are phonically matched to the programme.

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It is taught daily for at least minutes starting in Nursery, through to Key Stage One, and some children receiving additional support into KS2.

At Thorpepark children will follow the sequences of Bug Club Phonics to be able to decode and read, this is an expectation for all children, regardless of barriers they may face. Teacher are well trained in the delivery of phonics. There are opportunities to practice phonics across other areas of the curriculum and school day.

What does it look like in the classroom?   

In Nursery your child will follow Phase 1 phonics, covering the 7 aspects. There is a focus on developing their knowledge and exposure to sounds, listening and oral blending and segmenting.

In Reception your child will start learning to read through phonics straight away. They will work through the sequence of learning into Year 1.

At the end of Year 1 children are expected to complete the Phonic screening check in line with national testing. Although children may pass the screening, they will continue to receive phonic teaching until they are able to decode effectively and read fluently.

If you child has still not ‘cracked the phonic code’ by Year 2 or Year 3 they will receive individual support. All children at Thorpepark will learn to read, and will be supported to achieve this.

Once children learn to decode using their phonically decodable books, they will move to book bands and then to become free readers.

Book Spine

We want to promote quality literature in all classrooms. At Thorpepark we have a book spine to ensure children have access to a range of authors, poets and playwriters.

Parental engagement

Thorpepark promotes reading at home and encourages children to read as often as possible. Parents are encouraged to join their child in ‘stay and play’ sessions focusing on reading, phonics and mark making.

To promote reading at home in Jumping Beans and Little Jumping Beans we have launched ‘Bedtime Stories’. Every child can loan a book and a cuddly reading buddy to read at bedtime.

Key stage 2

What does reading look like in Key Stage 2?

Reading in Key stage 2 builds on the skills acquired from Key stage 1. Children will have the opportunity to read for different purposes to support their learning across the curriculum. Through independent, guided and whole class reading the children will have the opportunity to read a wide range of genres.

Guiding Readers

In guiding reading, children will explore texts by using different types of questions. Looking questions allow children to support an answer by using the text. Inference questions asks the child to look for clues in the text. Thinking questions are used for children to use their own experiences to answer questions.

Reading for pleasure

The school promotes reading for pleasure and children have the opportunity to choose their own reading material to read in class. Magazines, books, newspaper, kindles and audio stories can be taken from the library, classroom or brought in from home to read.

Children can access allocated books online using their bug club accounts.