English: Reading and Phonics
At Morningside, we have created a Reading Pathway which leads children from their first first steps of reading, developing a love of reading and creating fluent and confident readers, who by the end of year 6 are well-able to clarify and question a range of texts.
For details of the pathway, click on this link: Morningside Primary School reading pathway
In the Early Years Foundation Stage children experience a range of high quality books which they talk about, act out and explore as they develop their vocabulary and love of reading. In Nursery and Reception children learn Phonics and early reading skills through the Read Write Inc programme. Watch Sylvie pronouncing the set 1 and 2 sounds:
Children in years 1-6 have a 50 minute reading lesson every day. This is because we believe reading is the key to all learning. Children continue their reading journey, stepping onto the Roots Programme at the beginning of year 1. Roots and Wings are part of Success for All (SfA) which supports children at every stage of reading until the end of year 6.
Alongside this children in year 1 and 2 receive a daily 20 minute Read Write Inc Phonics lesson. Children in years 2-6 move onto the Read, Write Inc Spelling programme when they are secure in their knowledge of phonics.
Why is SfA so good?
SfA is more than just a reading programme. It promotes cooperative learning behaviours and positively supports engagement through whole team points and cheers
Children begin their SfA journey with the Roots programme.
This promotes early reading skills through:
- children practising reading daily
- the study of ‘real books’ alongside phonic readers to promote comprehension skills
- teaching children in small groups matched to the skills they need to learn
Come along to one of our regular workshops to find out more
Children move onto the Wings programme as soon as their Phonic knowledge and reading fluency are secure.
- Wings supports and challenges both basic and more competent readers
- Develops their skills through reading a wide range of carefully selected literature including fiction, non-fiction and poetry
- In most cases children read the whole book
- The books are supported by well-thought-out, structured teaching materials that stimulate discussion about the text
- The five levels of materials include detailed daily lesson plans for teachers and pupil materials that support them.
As mentioned above the children are grouped according to ability. Every eight weeks the children are assessed and can SFA groups, so they are appropriately challenged.
For more information about SfA at Morningside, please click here.
For more information on SfA, please click here.
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