Reading is the most important skill that children must master during their time at primary school. Reading opens up the doors to the whole world of learning. At St. Bernadette’s, our primary goal is to make sure that every child learns to read. We rely on the parents of our children to help us in this task by: listening to their child read every night; talking to them about books and reading stories to their children.
We use a scheme known as Read Write Inc. It is a systematic phonics and reading programme that is great fun and very pacey.
All of the children in years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One are organised in to ability groups for a Read Write Inc lessons each morning. The groups vary in size from 5 to 20 children.
Children are regularly assessed and move from one group to another as they progress.
How can you help your child with their phonics at home?
Phonics Screening Check 2020
What is the Phonics Screening Check?
The Phonics Screening Check was introduced in 2012 in primary schools in England. All children in Year 1 take it in the Summer Term.
If you would like more information, and find out how you can support your child at home then you have the opportunity to attend a Parents Workshop after school at 3.30 pm on Thursday 23rd January 2020. Please do come and join us.
Thank you to the parents who attended the workshop. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Please click on the link for the slides and leaflets that were shared.
At St Bernadette’s, Accelerated Reader is used throughout Key Stage 2. Accelerated Reader is a program that helps teachers monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his/her own reading level from our well-resourced library and reads it at his/her own pace. When finished, your child takes an online quiz to check their comprehension of what they have read. Guided group reading, intervention groups and 1:1 reading support is available for any children who require additional support.
Accelerated Reader was introduced at our school in Autumn 2019 and has had a huge impact on the children’s motivation to read. We use a range of reward systems to motivate our children and to celebrate their success and hard work. For example, we have a reading trophy, which is handed out during Celebration Assembly, reward days for classes with the highest word count, and a Millionaire’s Club for those children who read one million words and beyond.
If your child is reading a book from home or from MK Library, you can check whether it is on Accelerated Reader by searching on the following website: https://www.arbookfind.co.uk/ This means that your child can take a quiz on their book whilst at school.
Reading at Home