Reading and Phonics
In EYFS and Year 1, the children partake in daily phonics sessions following the Read, Write Inc. scheme. At Montem Primary School, we have developed our own whole class reading programme called ‘Big Read’. Children in Years 2-6 follow this reading programme, engaging in whole class reading sessions for 40 minutes every day. Children in Year 2, who did not pass their phonics screening test at the end of Year 1, continue to follow an adapted version of the Read, Write Inc phonics programme, as a daily targeted intervention to improve reading. Those children in year 1, who reach the end of the RWI phonics programme, start daily reading comprehension.
As well as teaching reading directly, we put effort into encouraging a love of reading. Children are given time throughout the day to read for pleasure as well as having opportunities to listen to stories read by their teachers. We have a well-resourced library with a rich range of texts, accessible to all our children.