At Cavendish, we aim to nurture and promote a love of reading which will stay with children for life.
All children visit our school library each week where they have access to a wide range of interesting texts and genres. Children take a library book home each week to enjoy.
Reception and Year One pupils follow the Read Write Inc. storybooks (ditties) which they take home to practice. As the children progress, we then have a wide range of reading books complied from a variety of schemes (including Oxford Reading Tree, Tree Tops, Project X and Big Cat) which children choose a book from to take home alongside their library book. Children also have access to an extensive range of eBooks to enjoy reading at home through their individual log in to Pearson Bug Club.
Across school, children are listened to read regularly and each classroom has their own reading corner to promote a love and appreciation of reading.
As part of our early reading at Cavendish, children in Early Years and Year One have daily phonic sessions. From Year 2 upwards, each class has a dedicated time for reading every morning for the first 30 minutes of the school day. This time focuses on developing children’s decoding and fluency skills but also has a strong emphasis on comprehension. This dedicated time for reading provides opportunities for children to read daily and ensures reading remains high profile across our school. The scheme we use for ‘morning reading’ (Pearson Comprehension) includes a wide range of high- interest, engaging texts and relating comprehension workbooks. Whilst developing children’s higher-order comprehension skills, ‘morning reading’ also supports their independence when completing reading tasks.
Reading is embedded into our curriculum at Cavendish with reading being taught through English, following our long term plan which is based around sequences of learning being delivered through a range of high-quality texts.
At Cavendish, to support with developing children’s comprehension skills we have our very own family of reading superhero characters!
At Cavendish, children’s phonics journey begins in Nursery with children being taught and exposed to the sounds from Phase 1 in ‘Letters and Sounds’. During this phase, lots of emphasis is placed on developing children’s listening and oral phonics skills. Children begin to listen to and make different sounds around them, such as animal sounds, toy sounds and sounds in spoken language. They also learn how to segment and blend through lots of interactive games and fun activities. Children are immersed in a wide range of nursery rhymes, songs and books to help them extend their growing vocabulary.
When children enter Reception, they then progress onto Read Write Inc. phonics which is taught daily throughout Reception and Key Stage One. Children initially focus on learning one sound a day and practice writing the sound, saying the sound and then putting the sound into a word. Once they are confident with the sounds, children begin reading simple sentences and stories (ditties). During Year 1, children continue to learn the sounds and are assessed on the range of sounds that they can read. In Year 2, children progress to accessing daily spelling session following the Read, Write, Inc. spelling scheme.
Whilst in Early Years, children are initially given picture books to take home and enjoy exploring to promote their oracy skills and understanding of texts. Once more confident with letter sounds and reading, children then take a story book home to read which matches the stage they are currently accessing on Read Write Inc. Phonics scheme. This continues in Year 1.
Phonics is embedded into all our areas in provision in Early Years and children have access to a wide range of engaging, stimulating resources to support their phonic development and skills.
At Cavendish, children in Years 2-6 are taught spelling through the Read Write Inc. spelling scheme. It is a fast-paced, fun spelling scheme which reflects the objectives and requirements from the National Curriculum for each year group. Spelling is taught daily in Year 2 and three times a week in Key Stage 2.
As part of their phonics and spelling sessions, children also learn to read and spell the high frequency words relevant for their phase.
Writing is embedded into the curriculum at Cavendish and children are provided with a wealth of stimulating, creative writing opportunities. Children’s writing journey begins in Early Years where children are provided with a wide range of interesting and purposeful mark-making opportunities within both the indoor and outdoor provision. As children progress through school, they write for a range of real audiences and purposes and cross-curricular links are utilised wherever possible to embed children’s writing skills. We hold termly themed writing weeks where children are provided with exciting stimuluses and engaging ‘hooks’ for writing.
At Cavendish, children are taught handwriting following the ‘PenPals’ handwriting scheme. The whole-class sessions progress through five developmental stages: physical preparation for handwriting; securing correct letter formation; beginning to join; securing joins and practicing speed and fluency leading to children developing their own personal style.