Reading at St James
Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we are putting as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.
We teach reading by using elements of Read Write Inc, an exciting and extremely successful programme of literacy teaching, which rapidly develops children’s reading and, in turn, writing skills.
We start by teaching phonics to the children as early as our Nursery class. This means that they learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well. Children learn ways of remembering these sounds and letters.
Children also practise reading and spelling what we call ‘red words’, such as ‘said’, ‘have’, ‘once’, and ‘where’.
They practise their reading with books that match the phonics and the ‘red words’ they know. They soon start to think that they can read and this builds their confidence.
Teachers read to the children too, so they get to know all sorts of stories, poetry and information books. They learn many more words this way which then helps their writing.
All children also take part in Guided Reading daily where they are taught the wider skills of reading with the support of a teacher. They are given the opportunity to look at texts in more depth and practise a range of reading skills to support their development.