Approach to Reading

At Kingston Park Academy we believe that one of the most important gifts our school can give a child is the power to read. 

Children develop the early skills of reading through our Phonics programme, introduced in Foundation and built on throughout KS1.  This is a systematic approach to teaching the sounds that make up words.  The first step is learning the letter sounds, then we teach the children what to do with them.  Children learn these sounds and then ‘blend’ them together to make a word.  We start with simple CVC words such as sat, pin, hop etc then introduce longer and more complex words.  Children access phonics daily in small groups that are tailored to the needs of the children.

As soon as children enter our Foundation Unit they begin to share books with adults.  The majority of children will be learning to read through Guided Reading by the start of the Spring term in EYFS. Throughout school from Year 1 to the Year 6 class have daily guided reading sessions.   Guided reading is an important approach in literacy education, used alongside other approaches (such as shared reading, reading aloud, and independent reading).  It enables teachers to provide very effective support for students’ literacy learning.  

Guided Reading is where children put into practise their developing reading skills and understanding in a structured situation. Small groups of children, working at a similar stage of reading, work with an adult to read an unfamiliar text that has been chosen to reinforce, challenge and further develop their independent reading strategies.  The teacher scaffolds the session so the children can take the initiative and put into practise what they have learnt in other reading and literacy activities.  

At Kingston Park Academy, we use the Bug Club and Active Learn reading materials to support guided reading lessons. 

Children have the opportunity to read interactive books on the IPads and/or laptops.  Books can be allocated to each child’s individual Active Learn account for them to access at both home and school.  Each book has interactive comprehension questions that the children can answer and teachers can use as means of assessments.