Reading at Woodland

Woodland Primary has a clear, consistent, whole school approach to reading. Competence in reading is the key to lifelong learning and is given the highest priority, enabling the children to become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers. Success in reading has a direct effect upon progress in all other areas of the Curriculum and is crucial in developing children’s self-confidence and motivation.

At Woodland we teach reading through a blend of Focussed Phonics Sessions, Group Guided Reading, Individual Reading, Shared Reading across the curriculum and opportunities to read for pleasure.

From Reception the children receive 2 Guided Reading sessions per week with the teacher or TA, initially focussing on telling stories from picture books . As children move into Key Stage 1 and 2, Guided Reading is timetabled daily for 20 minutes. Children continue to have 2 Guided Reading sessions per week and when not reading with an adult they are engaged in an independent reading task.

Guided Reading is a daily session which all children have access to throughout our school.  These sessions are  opportunities to teach and practise the full range of reading strategies including phonic and grammatical knowledge, word recognition, graphic and contextual knowledge, that children need to become happy, confident and great readers!  Children and adults will discuss books with reference to author, illustrator, genre, theme and characters, and express personal responses with increasing fluency. Adults ask differentiated questions and use these to help to track children’s progress.

From Reception individual reading is also part of our weekly reading provision. Oxford Reading Tree is our core scheme, offering children the opportunity to engage with the cumulative nature of a Reading Scheme. These are supplemented with phonics books (if they are still working at Phase 1 – 6 of Letters and Sounds) and ‘real books’ that provide a wider breadth of genres.

We also operate the one-to-one intervention Better Reading Partnership, which we use to accelerate progress in reading.