Reading & Phonics
We love reading at our school!
It is the school’s aim to develop and create passionate readers for life.
This is what our pupils have said about reading at William Torbitt…
Guided reading/Individual reading
We have regular guided reading session which are delivered using the Reciprocal Teaching approach. 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 or home liaison books diaries and we, our teachers and our parents write 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.
School Library/Mobile Library
Our school library is open from 8.30am to 4.00pm, every day. So we can visit before school, after school, and at playtimes and lunchtimes to choose books, or to just sit with a friend or parent to enjoy a book. We also have weekly library sessions during the school day. There is a range of fantastic fiction and non-fiction books to choose from. Our Junior Librarians work hard to ensure we have a good selection of books by popular authors. They ensure our library is well organised and used.
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 Buddies (English leaders)
We have Reading Buddies. Year 6 and Year 5 children read with younger children and help to apply all of the strategies they are learning and read unknown words by segmenting and blending.
The older children teach the younger children to talk about the text and the illustrations and ask questions to see if the younger children understand what they are reading. This helps to develop everyone’s reading confidence!
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 – Letters and Sounds
At William Torbitt we use ‘Letters and sounds’ 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 Farrow (our English Leader) who will be able to give you more information.