Children in years 1-6 have a 45 minute reading lesson every day. This is because we believe reading is the key to all learning. In Year 1 and the first part of Year 2, children’s lessons focus on the RWInc reading programme.
Alongside this children in year 1 and 2 receive a daily 20 minute Read Write Inc Phonics lesson. Children in years 2-6 move onto the Read Write Inc Spelling programme when they are secure in their knowledge of phonics.
The Morningside Reading Programme
Read Write Inc
Children begin their reading journey with the Read Write Inc programme.
This promotes early reading skills through:
- children practising reading daily
- the study of ‘real books’ alongside phonic readers to promote comprehension skills
- teaching children in small groups matched to the skills they need to learn
Morningside Whole Class Reading
Children move onto the Whole Class Reading programme as soon as their phonic knowledge and reading fluency are secure.
- The programme supports and challenges both basic and more competent readers
- Develops their skills through reading a wide range of carefully selected literature including fiction, non-fiction and poetry
- Children read a mixture of complete books (these are also a focus of class story time) and carefully chosen extracts arranged into themes. These themes may match current topics studied, religious festivals, PSHE topics, or song lyrics and poems.
- The books and extracts are supported by well-thought-out, structured teaching materials that stimulate discussion about the text
- Class story time gives all children the opportunity to discuss and analyse high quality texts
The greatest gift you can give to a child is to read to them
- We all know that reading opens the door to all learning.
- A child who reads a lot will become a good reader.
- A good reader will be able to read challenging material.
- A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn.
- The more a child learns the more a child wants to find out.
10 Tips for reading with your child
As parents you are your child’s most influential teacher with an important part to play in helping your child to learn to read. Here are some suggestions on how you can help to make this a positive experience.
- Choose a quiet time
- Make reading enjoyable
- Maintain the flow
- Be positive
- Success is the key
- Visit the School Library – Pick a book that will encourage your child to get into the habit of reading a book for enjoyment’s sake.
- Regular practice – Try to read with your child on most school days. ‘Little and often’ is best. Teachers have limited time to help your child with reading.
- Communicate – Use the contact book and try to communicate regularly with positive comments and any concerns.
- Talk about the books
- Variety is important