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
scheme uses well known, high-quality children’s fiction books, written by renowned authors, to contextualise the daily letter sounds that children are learning. These letter sounds follow a structured order and include single phonemes e.g. ‘b’ as well as more complex digraphs/trigraphs, for example ‘oa’/’igh’. Children are immersed in an interactive, multi-sensory experience through the use of storytelling and props, encouraging the parallel development of comprehension and phonics skills. As a result, this ignites children’s curiosity in reading, creativity and imagination helping them to find out the how, why, who, when and where. Children are regularly assessed and re-grouped according to their next steps so that they always receive targeted teaching. Phonic sessions are always revisited and built upon to ensure over time, children know more, remember more and therefore, achieve more.
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.'