Learning, Caring and Growing together
Lane Ends, Halifax, West Yorkshire HX2 6TX
Tel: 01422 882356
English literacy is at the heart of our learning and teaching and essential to every area of the curriculum. It is through literacy that concepts are formed and we are able to make sense of the world and our place in it. Children are taught to read in a variety of ways. Each week children read individually and in groups during guided reading lessons; they are also given regular opportunities to share a book with others. Guided reading focuses on the skills of comprehension and critical appreciation. Teachers read a variety of material regularly with the children, fiction and non-fiction, stories, reports, diaries, poems etc. We believe in the importance of exposing children to classic texts at all ages.
We have a home-school reading system called Rising Stars from Reception through to Year 6. We encourage children to read for at least 10 minutes each day at home.
We place a strong emphasis on phonics (letter sounds) in the early years of learning to read because we believe this lays the foundations for successful reading. At Midgley, we use the DFE Letters and Sounds guidance to teach interactive lessons using a variety of visual resources and kinaesthetic activities in the Foundation Stage. Year 1 children are split into 2 groups for phonics learning in order to provide the appropriate level of challenge for each attainment group. Year 2 children cover Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar as well as revising the more complex sounds in their phonics sessions.
The teaching of phonics begins in Nursery and Reception, where sounds are introduced at a rate of one a day throughout the autumn and spring term. Sounds are consolidated in the summer term. This knowledge is built upon in Year 1; more complex sounds are introduced and reinforced throughout Year 2.
During the summer term in Year 1, children nationwide are tested on their phonic knowledge. This test helps us to identify children who have gaps in their phonic knowledge and may need support in Year 2 to develop reading and writing skills. The test is very low-key and the children are not aware that they are being tested. Parents are informed as to whether their child has achieved the national expectation within the child’s end-of-year report.
Additional individual and group tuition in phonics will be given to those children in year 1 and Year 2 who find reading difficult. Year 2 children will be tested again in the summer term.