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Greenfield Primary School

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Reading (including phonics)


At Greenfield Primary School we aim to teach and encourage children to become confident, enthusiastic and independent readers who are able to read for a variety of purposes including enjoyment and the pursuit of knowledge.


We also teach our children to reflect on what they have read and analyse texts in order to develop their own opinions and be able to share this with others.


Every child has the opportunity to take home a reading book that is banded to a particular reading level and the children will move through this banding system until they become confident enough to become free readers. Free readers will then have the opportunity to choose their own book. These home readers, whilst leveled to the children's ability, do not follow any particular reading scheme.


All children have guided reading sessions during the school week, allowing them the opportunity to work closely with an adult and share texts within small groups to allow discussion and the sharing of opinions.



At Greenfield we teach Read Write Inc. Phonics. It is a highly successful phonics programmes created by Ruth Miskin and published by Oxford University Press. The training and support from Ruth Miskin Training, rated Outstanding by the Department for Education, ensure the programmes have the best chance of success in schools.


Read Write Inc. Phonics is carefully matched to the new curriculum, giving your children the best chance of success in the Year 1 phonic screening test. It shows teachers, teaching assistants and parents step-by-step how to teach all children to become fluent readers.


Children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 are taught phonics in RWI (Ruth Miskin) lessons. Children are taught letter sounds (speed sounds) and how to blend letter sounds to read words. They practise their blending skills by reading RWI phonic books. An important part of lessons is discussing the books and particularly learning new vocabulary. Children also practise applying their phonic skills to spelling activities. Children are grouped by reading ability for these lessons.