'Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body' — Richard Steele
This quote exemplifies High Halden’s approach to reading. We want children to learn to read quickly and accurately and to then keep on reading. We want children to see reading not only as a task set by teachers in school but as a pleasurable activity full of drama, enrichment and escapism from the real world! An opportunity for the children to grow their vocabulary, understanding and most of all enjoyment!
Our curriculum provides significant ongoing opportunity for children to engage with a whole range of texts. Wherever possible, the cross curriculum topics work alongside text ensuring learning is both full and rich.
In Early Years/KS1 phonetically decodable books are available to children which match their reading level. We have chosen Floppy Phonics as our programme to support the delivery of Systematic synthetic phonics
As soon as children are able to decode fluently, we quickly move children on to fuller, richer texts so that they continue to read for pleasure. We use the Accelerated Reader scheme to ensure we meet each child’s individual reading need.
At High Halden we use guided reading sessions to ‘teach’ children how to comprehend what they are learning. We use the ICLUE (Y1-3) and VIPERS (Y4-6) approach to explicitly teach the reading domains. Please see section below for further information.
Reading for pleasure also features in every classroom every week. Children are encouraged to read for a range of purposes. We ask children to bring in examples of texts they have read, such as newspapers, instructions and leaflets-this helps children understand how important reading is and how it unlocks the door to everything.
Opportunities to Read
We provide many opportunities throughout the week to hear children read and for children to be read to. These include reading with our volunteers, 1:1 reading with staff, teachers reading to children during timetabled sessions and every spare moment.
At High Halden, we use Floppy Phonics programme to teach phonics. All children in Years R and 1 will be following the programme. The children are assessed regularly so that they are given the appropriate reading and workbooks to follow. The programme is also followed by some older children who need to catch up.