At Thanet Primary School we aim to instil a love of reading from the moment our youngest children start their journey with us in the Nursery Class. In Nursery the children are immersed in a core book each half-term which the children engage with across the curriculum, making links wherever possible.
This love of reading is developed as children move into Reception and the formal teaching of phonics starts with the RWI programme in a systematic, rigorous and consistent way. The curriculum in EYFS is underpinned by a play-based approach and access to all areas of learning within print-rich indoor and outdoor classrooms.
The skills of reading continue to be developed through RWI phonics lessons in Year 1 and home reading books are phonically matched to the children's ability. Then in Year 2 children have a daily phonics lesson and a separate reading lesson too, helping our children to become ‘readers’. We aim for all our children to have successfully passed the phonic screening check by the end of Year 2. This is supported by a trained team of staff following the principles of Reading Recovery and targeted intervention. Our vision is to get all of our children off to a flying start with reading and to be reading fluently at an age appropriate level by the end of Key Stage 1.
From Year 2 upwards the school uses the Oxford Reading Tree as our main reading scheme which is supplemented with real books matched to each book band. In KS2 children follow a whole class reading approach which allows the children’s comprehension skills to be deepened further. Using a wide range of texts and genres, linked to topics where appropriate to widen children’s knowledge further and maximise links in learning, children are taught to understand and interrogate texts.
Our parents, as partners, are expected to read at home every night with their child and this is rewarded and celebrated in school through our Reading Rainbow Reward Scheme.
Writing is taught through a text-based approach. The importance of widening vocabulary is understood by all adults and this is a high priority within our English curriculum.
Lessons incorporate spelling, contextual grammar and writing that builds up to a planned outcome. Quality text are chosen as a stimulus for writing and children are taught to reflect on and evaluate their writing by editing and improving it from a young age.