At Silver Springs Primary Academy all reading opportunities across the curriculum are valued. The ability to read well is a vital skill. We want children to learn to read independently and with enthusiasm, both for learning and for pleasure.
Reading skills are explicitly taught through daily Shared, Guided and Individual Reading sessions. We use a progressive colour banded reading scheme and read a balance of fiction and non-fiction.
Children needing additional support may be targeted for Reading Recovery, a programme designed to rapidly accelerate children’s progress in reading or take part in the Boosting Reading Programme which also supports children needing further support with their reading.
Phonics at Silver Springs
At Silver Springs Primary Academy children in KS1 receive daily phonics session through supportive, differentiated group work. Teachers use progressive planning based on the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme of work. Phonics are revised, modelled and rehearsed alongside an adult. Focused activities allow children to revisit, learn, practise and apply their knowledge and understanding in fun and engaging games and activities. Pupils are systematically taught the phonemes (sounds), how to blend the sounds all through the word for reading, and how to segment the sounds in order to write words. They are taught to use their phonic skills and knowledge to read, but are also taught high frequency words which do not completely follow the phonic rules.
And lastly – remember:
'Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.'
'There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island!'
'Teaching reading IS rocket science.'