Reading & Phonics (including Early Reading)

Subject Leader: Ms Badar


“The more that you read, the more that you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr Seuss


Intent

At Cheetwood Primary we value the impact that Reading has on children’s lives. Reading is a fundamental life skill that builds the foundations for lifelong learning. We believe that Reading opens up new worlds for children and gives them the opportunity to explore new ideas, visit new places, meet new characters and develop a better understanding of other cultures.

At Cheetwood we place reading at the heart of everything that we do. We believe that children and staff should love reading and see themselves as readers. They should be able to talk confidently about books, form their own opinions and make choices in reading. Children are encouraged to develop a love for reading and as a school we promote reading for pleasure. Children are given opportunities to enjoy our school library on a weekly basis and have access their class library areas on a daily basis.

Our approach to reading at Cheetwood is to ensure all children are taught specific reading skills explicitly using VIPERS (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval, Summarise/Sequence). We ensure that these skills build in complexity throughout children’s time at school so that they become critical readers. We understand that in order for this to happen, as a first step children must be taught how to decode and read fluently using systematic synthetic phonics. At Cheetwood we teach phonics through the DfE validated Twinkl SSP programme.

At Cheetwood we understand the crucial role that vocabulary and fluency play in children’s development. We recognise that children’s life chances are directly impacted by their vocabulary knowledge and the ability to articulate their ideas.

We are aware that many children arrive at Cheetwood with an already significant word gap, as detailed and researched by Oxford University Press (Oxford University Press 2019 Why Closing the Word Gap Matters: Oxford Language Report). Many of our children also speak English as an Additional Language and therefore require additional targeted support to expand their English vocabulary.

We aim for every child to leave Cheetwood with a well-developed vocabulary, which they are confident in using in any situation.

Phonics

At Cheetwood, we follow Twinkl SSP phonics programme which is a cohesive whole school. It builds continuously on prior learning; it establishes a progressive consistent approach to teaching early reading skills. The programme starts in nursery with level 1 phonics and is followed through to level 6 in year 2. Pupils who are identified as requiring extra support with phonics in KS2 follow the Twinkl Codebreaker intervention programme. In order for children to be able to apply their decoding and comprehension skills, it is important that they have plenty of opportunities to read texts that are fully decodable and matched to the phonics level they are working on. At Cheetwood, we use Rhino Readers, which is the Twinkl reading scheme supporting the Twinkl phonics programme.


Vipers Y2-Y6

We teach reading skills explicitly using the VIPERS approach. Reading is taught as a whole-class, daily, using vocabulary rich texts over a two-week cycle. This ensures thorough coverage of all reading skills including fluency. Children are given to opportunity to read and explore a wide variety of texts across the different genres by inspirational authors.


At Cheetwood Community Primary School we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.

Safeguarding Notice

At Cheetwood Community Primary School we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.