Our approach: Reading
At De Beauvoir, we recognise the importance of teaching children the skills they need to become confident readers and of providing the experiences which develop a love of reading.
In Key Stage 1, pupils follow the Read Write Inc Phonics programme to teach reading and writing. Pupils have daily lessons which systematically teach the common sounds in the English language and how to blend and segment sounds to read and write using their phonic knowledge. Once they have successfully completed the programme, pupils move on to the Read Write Inc Comprehension programme.
In Key Stage 2, we use Destination Reader to teach reading. Destination Reader is a consistent structured approach involving daily sessions. These incorporate whole class modelling, prior to children applying the skills they have learned during partner work and independent reading, with books matched to their levels. Children deepen their understanding of the texts they read through the systematic use of a series of strategies and language stems.
At De Beauvoir, we actively seek opportunities to develop pupils’ love of reading. We have high expectations of regular home reading and understand the importance of developing pupils’ exposure to a range of quality texts. We have carefully crafted our own Literature Spine which maps out the texts our pupils will be exposed to during their time at De Beauvoir. There are the are key stories, poems and classics which we believe our pupils deserve to read! Pupils benefit from regular opportunities to hear adults read, visits to our school library and to the local library in Dalston along with themed weeks, mixed class reading and celebrations days.