At Quest Primary School, we are determined that every pupil will learn to read, regardless of their background, needs or abilities. From the start of when our nursery children begin, we teach skills, knowledge, and attitudes with a love of reading at the heart of our curriculum, with books at the heart of learning. We instil a love of reading by sharing stories, poems, rhymes and non-fiction books linked to the learning taking place or through the children’s interests.
We also provide regular story times (including Book Club) where children learn the skills to explain, retrieve, interpret what they have read and has been read to them. This helps the pupils’ to develop vocabulary, language comprehension and love of reading.
Daily teaching of reading is in a systematic and structured way, following the Read Write Inc approach. Reading books are sequenced so that there is a cumulative progression in phonics knowledge. Children have opportunities during the sessions to practice reading and re-reading books that match the grapheme-phoneme correspondences. These books are then sent home so that they can consolidate reading.
Our systematic, synthetic phonics programme is taught from the beginning of the Nursery, where they focus on learning listening skills, rhyme, alliteration, orally blending and segmenting. Through our phonics programme, the pupils learning is accelerated by joining phonic sessions taught across the EYFS and KS1. Phonic intervention is continued for KS2 pupils, where required.