At Pownall Green we aim to teach children to become confident readers. We use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme which is carefully structured and offers a range of fiction and nonfiction books at every level.
Phonics is taught systematically across Foundation and Key Stage 1. We use Letters and Sounds, the Government guidance on phonics teaching and plan fun and interactive lessons to engage young children.
At Pownall Green we value the contribution parents make to the teaching of reading. Every child has a reading record which teachers and parents complete. The reading record charts a child’s reading progress. Teachers will offer guidance, praise and reassurance to parents about their child’s reading. As well as the reading record and informal discussions about reading with parents, teachers report to parents about reading progress at parents evenings twice a year.
We recognise the importance of listening to individual children read. Teachers listen to individual children read weekly. Children also read to a teaching assistant and volunteer reading helper. Once a child is reading fluently then weekly guided reading sessions will take the place of individual reading. In guided reading, a group of children share a book with the teacher. They may discuss the plot, characters and writing techniques used by the author.
Reading has a high profile at Pownall Green. We aim to introduce children to a wealth of good children’s literature. Every class has a dedicated story time at the end of the day and books are often used as a stimulus for work in other curriculum areas. Each class visits Bramhall Library and we celebrate World Book Day in March every year.