A celebration of the work produced by the children on World Book Day.
Thank-you to all the parents for their support in providing costumes and coming to see the work the children produced.
Reading at English Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School
Learning to become a fluent, confident reader and to develop a life long love of reading is central to our philosophy at English Martyrs Catholic Primary School.
The first step in achieving this aim is to become proficient at decoding (sounding out words). Dedicated phonics sessions using the scheme Letters and Sounds take place each day for all pupils in reception and Year 1. In these sessions children are taught synthetic phonics to enable them to be competent decoders by the end of Year 1. For other pupils where gaps have been identified, daily phonics interventions are carried out to enable children to quickly ‘catch up’. Children have access to Phonics Bug online books where they can practice using the phonics skills they have been taught, in addition to hearing words being pronounced correctly.
Although the ability to use phonics to decode is an important building block when learning to read, the ability to comprehend what has been read is essential. In order to understand what is read children need to be able to make and justify predictions, to decipher the meaning of unknown words, and also to ask questions and summarise what they have read. These skills are primarily taught during reading sessions from Year 1 onwards through the use of reciprocal reading and DARTS (Directed Activities Related to Text). The application of these skills extends across the curriculum with a text being a focal point in all themed work.
In order to widen reading opportunities and promote reading for pleasure children make weekly visits to the school library and twice termly visits to the local community library. Children also experience the joy of sharing a book with their class teacher during daily story time at the end of each day.
The ability to read fluently and with understanding is an essential life skill. Our aim is to ensure that children are able to do this and to also gain a love of reading.