Reading is fundamental. In fact, it is one of the most important ingredients to becoming all that you can be.
Reading develops your brain, provides a window into the world around you and helps you do better in all school subjects.
Most importantly, reading can not only help you become a better student, but a better person. You can learn from the brightest people whenever and wherever you choose.
How reading is taught at Bramford
At Bramford we use “Letters and Sounds” to teach phonics. Phonics is a way of teaching children to read skillfully. Children are taught how to: recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes; identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make and blend those sounds together to read a word. The “Letters and Sounds” programme teaches reading and writing using synthetic phonics. There are 6 phases in the “Letters and Sounds” scheme. All Children from nursery to Year 2 are taught phonics every day in small, differentiated groups. The children in nursery begin their learning by following phase one of Letters and Sounds. Phase one activities are arranged under seven aspects, which include: environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, rhythm and rhyme and voice sounds. Children will then continue their learning by focusing on phase two. The purpose of this phase is to teach at least 19 letters, and move children on from oral blending and segmentation to blending and segmenting with letters. By the end of the phase many children should be able to read some simple words. By the end of reception most children will have progressed through phases 3 and 4. We aim for all the children in Year 1 to complete phase 5 and Year 2 pupils to complete phase 6. Comprehension skills develop as the children move from learning to read, to reading to understand.
At Bramford, as soon as the children have begun to read independently (usually during Year 1) they are introduced to our Accelerated Reading programme. The Accelerated Reader program is a computerised program that assesses reading comprehension. Students select books at their reading level, read independently, and undertake an independent comprehension quiz on the computer or i-pad. Each book is worth a certain number of points based on its length and reading level. It is said that “Children make the most progress when they read books that interest them”. That’s why every book with an Accelerated Reader quiz is tagged with topics and listed on AR’s public search engine AR BookFinder.
The advanced book discovery feature within AR introduces children to books they might be interested in – and even identifies the ones available in the school library.
According to research, children who read at least 20 minutes a day with a 90% comprehension rate (average percentage correct) on AR quizzes see the greatest gains. Therefore, time is set aside in all classes each day for children to read, either independently, in a group or to an adult. When a book has been completed children complete a short quiz. In most cases, children really enjoy taking the quizzes. Since they are reading books at their reading and interest levels, they are likely to be successful. This is satisfying for most children. Best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace.