Reading at Oakwood
The following information gives an overview of the Phonics and Reading schemes used at Oakwood Primary Academy. Please select the link below to go to the Reading Corner page for more information about reading and how you can help your child.
Phonics and Reading
At Oakwood Primary Academy, our current approach to reading 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. We use a variety of reading schemes to support home-school reading at Oakwood. 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.
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.