Reading at Grove is taught as a stand-alone subject and it is important that our children's reading skills are developed using a number of age-appropriate approaches.
Across Reception and Key Stage 1, children are exposed to daily phonics teaching, using Read Write Inc as the synthetics phonetical scheme. In Read Write Inc, children learn sounds and the letters that represent them, and how to form the letters. Then, they read books written using only the letters they have learnt (and a small number of separately taught 'tricky words'). This gives children early success and builds up their reading confidence. Phonics is diligently tracked for targeting to ensure children are in the correct groups and to allow teachers to identify where targeted/precision teaching is required. Children are also exposed to reading from an adult each day to model and share reading as a group.
In Key Stage 2, reading is taught as a daily stand-alone lesson, using the Project X Comprehension Express resources to support. Children work in their year groups, completing a mixture of Close Reading activities and comprehension. The focus for both of these activities is to provide a rich and varied curriculum, improve vocabulary and develop a knowledge and understanding of the world. The children use and refer to the 10 Expert Tips during their lessons to ensure that they are clear about the focus skill. Differentiation occurs when necessary, for targeted support. Children are encouraged to verbalise and share their ideas for immediate feedback from the teacher or their learning partner; learning partners are a key part of learning as they encourage and facilitate discussion. Children are also exposed to reading from an adult each day to model and share reading as a group.