At Highlees we follow the ‘Success for All’ (SfA) programme for reading. Children are grouped by ability across school in ‘Roots’ and ‘Wings’ to ensure reading provision meets their needs and that they are suitably challenged and supported. Early reading is facilitated through and 'phonics into reading approach'. In Wings SfA, children are exposed to a wide variety of genres and always read the entire text. Reading questions and activities are based on the children’s learning needs and are designed to develop core reading skills. Throughout each unit children learn higher tier vocabulary linked to the text they are reading which is then embedded through their learning. Regular fluency practices of familiar texts ensure fluency and reading speed skills are secured.
You can also visit the SfA website: https://www.successforall.org.uk/
In addition to SfA, we also use ‘Book Talk’. Book Talk provides a consistent teaching approach across school. Children work in ability groups within their class or across the year group. Children are exposed to a wide variety of engaging and exciting texts. Forensic questioning and use of ‘lenses’ ensures that children are thinking critically and this further complements the core reading skills developing through SfA.
Additionally to this, KS1 use a scheme for individual reading. Across school children have access to a wide range of reading books for both free and home reading. Children are read to by their teacher on a daily basis during ‘Class Book’ time, as well as a weekly ‘Big Read’ across school where children share a text in a small group with an adult.
Around school there are a number of themed 'Reading Nooks' that are designed to encourage children to 'curl up with a book' during break and lunchtimes.