Our Approach to Reading

Reading at Pensilva Primary School

The ability to read is fundamental to pupils` development as independent learners.

In order to read across the curriculum with fluency, accuracy, understanding and enjoyment pupils need to orchestrate the range of strategies, depicted in the National Literacy Strategy as a series of searchlights:
• drawing on knowledge of context and grammatical knowledge;
• applying phonic knowledge and skills;
• applying graphic knowledge;
• developing word recognition.

Skills in reading include the ability to read fluently a range of literary and non-fiction texts.
Reading development is closely related to that of writing, for it is by reflecting upon and talking about the texts they encounter that pupils come to understand how writers write and the special relationship which exists between author and reader. It is through their critical and imaginative engagement with texts that pupils` reading of fiction, poetry and non-fiction texts enables them to make sense of the world and their place in it.

Being able to read is the most important skill children will learn during their early schooling and has far-reaching implications for lifelong confidence and well-being. We use the Read Write Inc programme to teach children how to read and spell words.  They learn:
     • Letter names

     • Letter sounds

  • Segmenting and blending letters to make new words.


All phonics teaching is taught at an appropriate level, is well structured and designed to secure essential phonic knowledge and skills.  


Until children become fluent they are heard to read on a regular basis.  
Alongside this we have guided reading groups within each class throughout the school, where children of similar abilities are grouped together to share a book and discuss it. As they get older they may be expected to do follow up tasks independently (reviews or activities based on the text).
Books Everywhere!
There are books everywhere around the school - in every classroom and almost every corridor!  Each class has regular visits to our lovely library which is maintained on a weekly rota by the children. We have very strong links with Cornwall Educational Library Services who loan us topic boxes full of wonderful books each term and visit us once a term with their mobile library. We also have regular visits from Liskeard Library who run various reading challenges throughout the year.

We currently follow 'Read Write Inc'  for intervention for reading.