Reading & Phonics
We love reading at our school!
It is the school’s aim to develop and create passionate readers for life.
Guided reading/Individual reading
We have regular guided reading sessions each day. This is done in groups as well as individual reading for pupils who are at the earlier stages of learning to read. Our teachers record our progress as we read. We also have reading journals which we record what we are reading or have read at home with our parents and carers. This journal can also be used as a liaison between our teachers and our parents by them writing comments to each other about how well we are doing.
We have a lot of books to choose from for guided reading and individual reading. At William Torbitt we use a mixture of real books and reading scheme books, which have been organised into a colour banding system for the younger pupils.
We have a dedicated book area in every classroom. We can choose books from here to read in the classroom at different times during the day.
Parents in Partnership
Our mums, dads and family members come along to our Parent Workshops to find out about how to support us at home with our reading. Our parents can also come in to the school for ‘Books for Breakfast’ where we can share all sorts of books with them and before school. We are expected to read at home every night and to bring our books to school every day.
Teachers as Readers
Each day our teachers read to us. We sometimes have a class novel, or a book that is linked to our topic.
Reading across the Curriculum
We enjoy using reading skills in every lesson and our teachers provide opportunities for us to do so in all subjects. In very class there is a book corner filled with books to support our curriculum topics and for us to enjoy.
Teaching Phonics – Read, Write Inc.
At William Torbitt we use ‘Read, Write Inc.’ to teach Phonics. We have a daily phonics session where we learn about how to read and write using our phonic knowledge.
We play a lot of different phonic games which help us to understand how sounds make words and we use words to make sentences. We use the Interactive Whiteboard and our mini whiteboard to play games and learn new phonemes and graphemes.
If you would like to know more about reading at William Torbitt Primary School, feel free to contact Mrs Aubdool (our English Leader) who will be able to give you more information.