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Reading at Oakwood

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Children foster a love of reading through our Talk for Writing process as it enables them to deeply engage with a variety of texts, both fiction and non-fiction. Children are able to interrogate the text and develop skills of retrieval, deduction and inferential thinking.



Throughout the school there are small Local libraries located in corridors. These are stocked with age-appropriate books in a range of genres. Children are encouraged to use this resource for their class reading time and are given the freedom to choose a book that interests them.



On a weekly basis, each child will be listened to by an adult within school. This can include group reading.

KS1 – 3 x a week

KS2 – 2 x a week



This takes place every week for each group of children. The books chosen are at an appropriate level for the children, but also contain a challenge. A range of questions are asked during this session including retrieval, vocabulary and inference.



Reading comprehension will be incorporated into T4W. In addition to this, on weeks when this is not the case, an additional Reading Comprehension lesson will be conducted using texts appropriate to the year group.



It is important for children to be able to go on a journey with a story from beginning to end to help develop an enjoyment of reading but also to model how to read a story. Children will be read to daily with books that are appropriately aimed at the year group being taught and expose the children to rich vocabulary.



A reading challenge is conducted across the school to encourage children to read to their parents at home. This challenge can be either an individual or class challenge. When a challenge is completed a book is received by the winner (one of their choosing) and a certificate presented in an assembly as a celebration of their achievement.



At Oakwood, we are following Little Wandle.

‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) developed for schools by schools. Based on the original Letters and Sounds, but extensively revised to provide a complete teaching programme meeting all the expectations of the National Curriculum, the Ofsted Deep Dive into reading and preparing your children to go beyond the expectations of the Phonics Screening Check’.

At Oakwood we teach phonics 5 x a week for 20 minutes following the Little Wandle programme.

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