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Reading Corner Updates

Each week during the Autumn Term we will send out a Reading Corner newsletter to let you know about ways you can help your child with reading. For children it will give ideas and suggestions about brilliant books to read and fantastic authors to discover.

 

If you have any suggestions for our Reading Corner please fill in a book slip from the library.

Phonics

Phonics is taught through the Read, Write, Inc model which is a rigorous approach to the teaching of reading and comprehension in line with the National Curriculum.

Mrs McCormack is our Read, Write, Inc manager at Oakwood. She attends national training and co-ordinates the implementation, monitoring and assessment of the Read, Write, Inc (RWI) programme in school. There are many helpful resources and information for parents regarding RWI on the Ruth Miskin website, please click on the link below to find out more.

Reading

At Oakwood Primary Academy, our approach to reading in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 is the Read, Write, Inc programme based on a systematic and dynamic literacy programme rooted in phonics. We use the Read, Write, Inc reading books to support the teaching of reading in school.

As the children progress through Key Stage 1 and 2 we use a variety of reading schemes to support home-school reading. The main reading schemes used throughout the school are Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, Ginn and the books coded using the Ren reading programme. Please read on for further information regarding Ren.

Owl Reading Scheme at Oakwood

The Oakwood Owl Reading scheme celebrates and rewards children for reading widely at school and at home. Parents are encouraged to read at home with their child and communicate with the class teacher through a home-school reading diary. Reading achievements are celebrated at school assemblies and the names of all the children are displayed on the wooden Owl Reading Trees in the school hall. Look out for them next time you attend an event in the school hall.

Reading Rewards

 

Award

Foundation &

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

10 Books

Certificate

Certificate

 

25 Books

Reading Sticker

Certificate

Bronze Owl Badge

Certificate

50 Books

Reading Badge

Certificate

Silver Owl Badge

Certificate

100 Books

Reading Bookmark

Certificate

Gold Owl Badge

Certificate

100+ Books

Special Reading Badge

Certificate

Special Reading Badge

Certificate

We celebrate reading with our Owl Reading Scheme at Oakwood

We celebrate reading with our Owl Reading Scheme at Oakwood  1

Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reading Programme

The school subscribes to Renaissance Reading (Ren), the accelerated reading programme, which challenges pupils’ reading and comprehension skills in Key Stage 2 and the more able readers in year 2.

The programme is currently being used in years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Accelerated Reading is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice.  Children will complete an on-line Star Reading test and will be assessed and levelled.  They will then be able to choose a book within that level.  Each book is scored using a range of information:  Reading level, number of words and the number of points available.  Once the children have read the book they will complete an on-line quiz.  The questions will challenge children’s understanding about what they have read using comprehension style questions.

Children will very quickly be able to monitor their own success in the points score and levels achieved. Progress will be celebrated and certificates awarded. 

The Accelerated Reading programme motivates children of all ages and abilities to read for pleasure and enables teachers to diagnose problems accurately and address them quickly.

How can you help your child with reading?

Your role in your child’s success continues to be key.  When your child brings home a school reading book, please continue to help them with unfamiliar words and phrases that they may find tricky to read or understand.  There may be some challenging ideas or themes that they may find difficult to understand that will need explaining, especially as your child moves onto higher levels.  As far as possible, children should be encouraged to read independently either to you or quietly on their own.  Follow up by asking your child questions about what it is they have read: Who were the main characters? What was the main event? How did the chapter end?  

Children will then take the quiz in school and be given a new target and level. If you would like to find out more please click on the link below.

Plymouth Anthology - October 2015

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Plymouth Anthology - October 2015 2
Plymouth Anthology - October 2015 3

We are authors! Imagine ...the possibilities. Plymouth Anthology

We are great at RWI!

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