Reading & Phonics
We love reading at our school!
It is the school’s aim to develop and create passionate readers for life.
Guided reading/Individual reading
We have regular whole class reading sessions each day. This is done in groups as well as individual reading for pupils who are at the earlier stages of learning to read. Our teachers record our progress as we read. We also have reading journals which we record what we are reading or have read at home with our parents and carers. This journal can also be used as a liaison between our teachers and our parents by them writing comments to each other about how well we are doing.
We have a lot of books to choose from for whole class reading and individual reading. At William Torbitt we use a mixture of real books and reading scheme books, which have been organised into a colour banding system for the younger pupils. In Reception, we take home Read Write Inc book bag books which match what we are learning in phonics.
We also have access to Bug Club where we can enjoy a large range of books that our teachers select for us. These also match the colour band we are reading.
In early years and key stage one, we have a dedicated book area in every classroom. We can choose books from here to read in the classroom at different times during the day. In key stage two, we have shared areas around the school that we can use. The books get updated with books from our school library as well as books from the Redbridge library service.
Parents in Partnership
Our mums, dads and family members come along to our Parent Workshops to find out about how to support us at home with our reading. Our parents can also come in to the school for ‘Books for Breakfast’ where we can share all sorts of books with them before school. We are expected to read at home every night and to bring our books to school every day.
Teachers as Readers
Each day our teachers read to us. We sometimes have a class novel, or a book that is linked to our topic.
Reading across the Curriculum
We enjoy using reading skills in every lesson and our teachers provide opportunities for us to do so in all subjects. In every class there is a book shelf filled with books to support our curriculum topics and for us to enjoy. Every term, these books are updated with a new set from the Redbridge Library Service.
Teaching Phonics – Read, Write Inc.
At William Torbitt we use ‘Read, Write Inc.’ to teach Phonics. We have a daily phonics session where we learn about how to read and write using our phonic knowledge.
We play a lot of different phonic games which help us to understand how sounds make words and we use words to make sentences. We use the Interactive Whiteboard and our mini whiteboard to play games and learn new phonemes and graphemes.
If you would like to know more about reading at William Torbitt Primary School, feel free to contact Mrs Aubdool (our English Leader) who will be able to give you more information.