English - Reading and Phonics
Please click here to view our phonics and KS1 reading progression document.
Please click here to view our KS2 reading progression document.
Read Write Inc
At Glenleigh Park are aim for all children to be enthusiastic, confident and motivated readers. We feel that it is vital that our children are instilled with a passion for reading and a strong desire to read for pleasure. By the time they leave Glenleigh Park, our children should be able to decode and clarify words they are unsure of and will have developed a range of skills, which gives them an independence around reading. At the same time, we teach and encourage children to use skills to be able to discuss and explore texts verbally with others. We feel it is important that children are can think more deeply as a reader and are able to have insightful discussions on a range of text types.
In KS1, we use Daily Supported Reader (DSR) to build up strong independent reading skills from the start of a child’s reading journey, which aligns with our daily teaching of phonics. Right from the start, when a child joins Glenleigh Park in reception, they are exposed to a wide range of texts. DSR is a highly successful approach to the teaching of early reading that motivates children to read stories on their own, learn to respond to and engage with new ideas and information as well as learning to problem solve independently while keeping a story in mind.
In KS2, we use Destination Reader (DR) to teach our reading skills. This allows us to move children seamlessly on from Daily Supported Reader which they have followed in KS1. DR explicitly teaches a range of skills, which are vital to being a good reader. It is heavily based on pupil interaction and allows children to explore and analyse texts in pairs and groups. Pairings are carefully selected to ensure peers are supportive to each other and progress is monitored by teaching staff.
To complement all of this, we have a well-stocked library that offers a large range of books from various authors, old and new. Children are encouraged to select books themselves, within their reading ranges, to allow them to read books which they enjoy. Children are able to take quizzes on these books to test their understanding and to contribute to their termly targets and yearly word counts. We reward hard-working and enthusiasm towards reading with badges, certificates and signed books.