Here at Woodmancote, we pride ourselves on being a school committed to developing a love for reading; this runs right through our school community, from the children, to the parents and all members of our school staff team. We recognise how important it is to develop a passion for reading in our children, to enable them to be successful learners in all areas of the curriculum and in life beyond our school.
2021/22 was an exciting year at Woodmancote. It marked the start of our journey towards making our children lifelong lovers of reading. We have begun to develop an ethos of reading for pleasure and continue to embed our vision of making every member of the Woodmancote School community a lover of reading.
Children in our school have the opportunity to read at least once a day for pleasure. This is timetabled into the school day as “Drop Everything And Read” or “DEAR time” as it’s known by the children. Children have access to high quality texts from classroom book corners. Teachers also prioritise reading aloud to their classes; in EYFS/KS1 this happens a minimum of once a day and in KS2 a minimum of 3 times a week.
For guidance on how to support your child with reading for pleasure at home, have a look at this leaflet, which has some great ideas on how to promote enjoyment in reading all the way up to Year 6 and beyond.
You can also use these great supportive resources from the Education Endowment Foundation to guide you when reading with your child/children.
Books for topics offer a “top 100” books for each year group if you’re looking for even more inspiration!
At Woodmancote we use the systematic, synthetic phonics programme, Rocket Phonics to teach with rigour and fidelity. We teach our phonics, so that is accessible to all, by planning for 100% engagement from each child. Synthetic systematic phonics is a key skill that supports the development of early reading.
We place our quality phonics teaching in a language rich curriculum, with exposure to a range of both physical and digital texts. We continually aim to make strides towards closing the word gap.
Working alongside parents and carers we aim to provide our pupils with the skills they need to have a successful start to their lives as readers and to ensure that our children develop a love of reading.
In Little Chestnuts, children learn listening skills needed to ‘tune in’ to phonetic sounds in preparation for starting to learn to read.
From Reception children learn phonetic sounds to enable them to begin to blend simple words; this is steadily built up to learn all of the 44 phonemes in the English language represented in a variety of letter combinations. As well as this, they are taught to recognise key exception words as they progress through their early reading journey.
Children continue their phonics journey throughout EYFS and KS1. In Year 2, when children are confidently decoding and reading with increasing fluency, they begin to focus more on comprehension with additional sessions to develop this.
Children are provided with a reading book matched to their reading development in order to embed the reading skills learnt. Parents/carers are encouraged to share these books at home to ensure that children make rapid and sustained progress.
See the Rocket Phonics Flashcards:
See the Rocket Phonics Sounds Mats:
During the last academic year, we have made significant changes to our provision for reading teaching.
From Year 3, children across the school have a minimum of two taught reading lessons a week. These are whole class reading sessions focussed on a class text. These are developed to excite children about reading and provide a balance between practising reading fluency, discussion based learning and written comprehension.
Key Text Overview
Here is the latest edition of Woodmancote’s reading newsletter which will tell you all about recent events, future events, ideas and information about what your child is learning about at school.
Does your child want even more opportunities to read? Book club offers children a chance to read quietly, discuss books they have read and channel their creativity into artwork and writing. If your child would like to join Book Club after school on a Tuesday, please contact Mr Ridal
We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our ‘Reading Information Evening’ on Wednesday 9th November (6:30pm – 7:45pm) in the school hall. Members of staff will be on hand to answer your questions and offer advice topics such as; Phonics and Early Reading, reading for pleasure in KS2 and using Spelling Shed and digital devices to develop reading and writing skills.
This year, we have our wonderful Reading Ambassadors were chosen to help develop the ethos and culture of reading within our school. They have been doing a fantastic job of reading with the younger children and running Mrs Workman’s library club during lunchtimes.
Our Reading Ambassadors
Our Reading Buddies
‘ Podkin is the son of a warrior chieftain. He knows that one day it will be up to him to lead his warren and guard it in times of danger. But for now, he’s quite happy to laze around annoying his older sister Paz, and playing with his baby brother Pook. Then Podkin’s home is brutally attacked, and the young rabbits are forced to flee. The terrifying Gorm are on the rampage, and no one and nowhere is safe. With danger all around them, Podkin must protect his family, uncover his destiny, and attempt to defeat the most horrifying enemy rabbit kind has ever known.’
‘The only rule for attending this party is . . . you MUST bring a hat. But what if you don’t own a hat? Will bringing a monkey wearing a hat be enough? Find out in this tale that builds to a gloriously surreal and hilarious ending.’