Children from Reception through to Year 2 learn reading through the 'Read Write Inc.' (RWI) phonics programme. Once the children have completed the programme, they will move onto the 'Accelerated Reader' scheme (also known as ‘AR’).
AR is designed to ensure pupils select and read texts which match their reading ability. A termly ‘star reader’ assessment identifies the correct reading level zone to choose their books from. Pupils take a quiz in school after reading each book possible to check understanding. Teachers give regular feedback and support during dedicated AR time in class. As a result, teachers, leaders and the SLT can assess and track children’s progress in reading comprehension.
In order to develop children’s fluency, confidence and enjoyment when reading, a range of strategies are used throughout the school including: story time, class reading areas, quiet reading sessions, 1:1 reading, guided reading and whole-class reading and buddy reading. The children also get the opportunity to visit the school libraries.