Reading & Phonics
At Wendell Park we believe in the importance of reading, and specifically reading for enjoyment.
Research indicates that enjoyment of reading has great benefits for children's personal, social and academic development.
To this end, we have developed a rigorous teaching of phonics to enable children to become independent readers as soon as possible.
In addition, children are taught reading skills in small groups according to their needs throughout the school.
The new national curriculum tells us: regardless of age, all children must be taught rigourous and systematic phonics first; and children must read books that match this phonic knowledge. Read, Write Inc Phonics achieve this.
Children are taught a collection of sounds. They are taught to say this sounds quickly and purely so that they can read and write the sounds in words. Children experience early success in both reading and writing as they are given closely matched storybooks that contain the sounds and words they have been taught.
How do we use Read Write Inc Phonics ?
Read, Write Inc Phonics founded by Ruth Miskin, is used by Wendell Park School. Children's awareness of sounds is promoted during nursery in order to prepare them for learning sounds when they join reception. Whilst in reception children learn to say, read and write letter sounds and some sounds represented by two or three letters, we call these Special Friends ( e.g. sh, th, ch). In reception children are taught to blend the sounds together in order to read words. They are also taught to segment words into individual sounds so that they can write words accurately.
In Year 1 and Year 2 children are taught Read Write Inc Phonics in order that they learn, read and write more complex sounds and with this they build on their reading and writing skills.
At the end of Year 1 children take the governments phonics check, which tests that blending skills to read any word.
For information on Read Write Inc Phonics and how to support your child please ask the reception and Year 1 teachers or you can visit:
We use the 'Oxford Reading Tree' reading scheme for learners from Reception upwards. In addition, we have a rolling programme of purchasing interesting and engaging new books across a range of genres, for children to read and groups. Children are encouraged to take home a reading scheme book and an own choice book to enjoy each week and individual year groups and classes inform parents of the procedure for changing books.
Classrooms are equipped with attractive book corners and a large selection of books. Children sign out books regularly to ensure that they always have a book on the go.
Book week gives the school a chance to focus on a particular genre or text, with visits by inspirational authors and poets a regular feature of the curriculum. We work in partnership with local libraries in the Summer Reading Challenge to encourage reading and the use of fabulous local library facilities.
Things to do with a Book
- Do a presentation about your book. Use costume.
- Write a letter from one character to another.
- Right the first paragraph or two of a sequel.
- Write a new conclusion/ending.
- Write a new beginning.
- Draw a map of a journey in the story.
- Make a model of the setting.
- Make a model of a main event in the book.
- Write a book review.
- Write a diary entry for a character.
- Draw a comic book/graphic novel page with a bubble style conversations to show uneventful on the book. Make it a travel brochure inviting tourists to visit the setting of the book. What is there to do there?
- Write a letter to a main character in the book.
- Write a description of one of the main characters.
- Prepare a list of 10-20 questions to check if someone has read the book carefully.
- Dress up and tell the story in the first person from one of the characters point of view.
- Re-write the story as a picture book.
- Make a dictionary containing 20 or more difficult words from the book.