At Holwell, we love to read! We regard reading as one of the most important life skills, because it is the key which unlocks the door to a world of knowledge and sparks imagination and interest.
Reading is a priority at Holwell Primary school and is a central thread throughout our curriculum. Reading is the bedrock to our curriculum as children are unable to access learning if they are unable to read. Terrific Texts are chosen texts that link to the overarching topic for each half term. Teachers choose a range of high quality texts and spend quality time on reading through and analysing them. Children explore these texts within their reading, writing and topic lessons and take part in a range of activities which deepens their understanding.
In the Early Years we provide endless opportunities to share books with adults to develop a child’s enjoyment of books and other printed material. This teaches them how to handle books and gives reading a real purpose. Together, children can talk about stories or information, join in with familiar phrases and sing favourite rhymes, songs and jingles. Our Early Years has high quality book areas, where the books are accessible, owned and loved by children and the addition of story props, sacks and boxes filled with desirable objects enthuse the children further.
In Reception, reading is taught through a phonics approach. We have recently introduced Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP). Children learn to recognise 42 letter sounds (graphemes), read CVC words (ship, cat, hat, chop) by blending letters together, recognise common exception words, such as she, no, go, was, the and learn letter names. When they have achieved this, they begin to read short captions and simple sentences (The farmer gets up at six in the morning). Then it’s time to practice reading books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know, with our Book Band system.
Reading in Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1 we are learning to read! Our teaching of reading continues with a phonics approach, where systematic, daily, discrete teaching takes place, with opportunities for the children to practice and apply their skills in the context of reading. At this stage, we emphasise that reading for fluency is important and by giving children opportunities to re-read familiar books, we build their confidence and they begin to feel like real readers!
As well as daily phonics, children will further develop within their daily, whole class guided reading lessons. Teachers will use the Terrific Texts to develop children's reading comprehension skills
Children are provided with a reading book that is accurately matched to their phonics level. This will allow children to confidently decode the book and recognise all of the common exception words.
Reading in Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2, we are reading to learn! At this point, texts become longer and less familiar, reading becomes more fluent and the pace of reading is quickened. However, if children are not reading fluently, they will still be working on learning the phonics sounds, reading colour banded books.
Reading is taught daily through a discrete, whole class reading lesson. In each guided reading lesson, children listen to their teacher read, followed by echo reading and individual children reading. ‘Vipers’ are used for question stems to conclude the lesson. What are VIPERS Questions? VIPERS cover developing vocabulary, interacting with the text and showing explicit modelling of how to answer comprehension questions
To encourage our love of reading at Holwell, our children from Year 1 to Year 6 will take part in Buddy reading every Thursday morning. From 8:40 till 8:55, the children will enter as usual and join their reading buddy during their soft start to read a book of their choice. The first session of Buddy reading will be on Thursday 13th January. Please ask your child about their buddy reading sessions once they get started!
Year 6 – Year 3
Year 5 – Year 2
Year 4 – Year 1
The older children will join the younger children in their classrooms from 8:40 – 8:55
Please click on the links below to be directed to other pages within our website about our approach to the teaching of reading;
Support for Parents
We love to read!
Our Local Library!
We enjoy visiting the local library.
Click here to find out how to become a member of Woodhall Library https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/Libraries-and-archives/Library-opening-hours/Woodhall-Library.aspx
Reading Eggs - Online Library!
To ensure we always have a range of books to read, we have Reading Eggs! Please click here to go the website where Holwell pupils can sign in and have access to a wide range of books to read for pleasure!
Click on the link below to view a short video by Miss French on how to log-in to Reading Eggs!