Literacy

At St Mewan we believe reading is key to success for children in all subjects and areas of life, both now and in the future. It also opens a the door to a whole world of enjoyment, imagination and possibilities. Therefore, we try to do all we can to support parents on helping their children to read at home. All the documents below can also be found in the children’s guide books to each year as well as in their Accelerated Reader Log.

 

EYFS and Key Stage 1
 

In EYFS and KS1 we follow the RWInc programme for the teaching of phonics and early reading. Information packs are sent to parents regarding this when their child joins the school. Below you will find the information on how we teach phonics and how you can support your children with phonics and early reading at home.

Reading books in KS1 are sent home twice a week. These books are all matched to pupils phonic ability. Sometimes parents question why we send the same book for two or three days. This is best practise in order for children to move from decoding words letter by letter, to reading for understanding and enjoyment. The repetition of a text for a short period helps to build confidence and higher level reading skills.

In addition to this, we send home sharer texts which are texts pupils can share with a parent. Parents should read these to a child and allow them to join in if they wish but the entire text should not be read by the child as they may be beyond their phonic ability. Information about both books can be found below.

 

 

Key Stage 2

 

In KS2 we use Accelerated Reader to assess pupils reading ability and give them real books at an appropriate level for their ability in order to help them progress. Pupils are provided with a log book for Accelerated Reader (template below) where they record their reading. They also take a quiz in school once they have a read a book, which helps us track their progress and regularity of reading. We recommend that children read for 20 minutes a day in both KS1 and KS2. Below you will find information on recommended reads for each year and how to support your child with their reading in KS2.

 

Pupils who struggle with reading in KS2, take part in Freshstart interventions; we have a section of the library dedicated to older children who find reading more challenging. This area is stocked with more readable books but which have older level interest. If you have any question regarding reading at St Mewan, please contact Miss Willcock via the office.