Reading introduction

Reading At Burnside

Competence in reading is a life-long skill and the key to independent learning. Therefore, the teaching of reading is given a high priority by all Burnside school staff.

At Burnside, we teach early reading through the Read Write Inc Phonics programme. (see Read Write Inc. Phonics on our website for more information)

In phonics sessions, children are taught the 44 main sounds of English, not just the letters of the alphabet. We also teach some whole words as sight words so that each child builds up a sight vocabulary of common words to be used as a start to reading fluently.

We provide attractive, interesting books that the children will enjoy sharing with you. Read Write Inc. books are levelled and children progress through the levels until they are competent, free readers.

As the children progress with reading they will choose from a wide selection of high quality texts. All pupils have regular, structured access to both our fiction and non-fiction texts. Teachers listen to children read regularly and have a written record of progress in their reading diary.

At the start of each new academic year every child is given a Home School Diary and/or Reading Diary through which parents are asked to share in their child’s learning process by keeping in close contact with teachers on a regular basis. Children take their reading book home each night. Reading Challenges are set during the year to help foster the reading habit.

We have a number of parent and community volunteers who support some children regularly on a 1:1 basis. We have a ‘Reading Buddies’ system in place, in which children from Year 5 and Year 6 listen to children read from Year 1 and Year 2.

All children have the opportunity to listen to their teacher read a class story at the end of each day, to promote their passion for literature.

Success in reading has a direct effect on progress in all areas of the curriculum and is fundamental in developing children’s self-esteem, confidence and motivation. It is for this reason we place a heavy emphasis on reading and enjoyment of books from the earliest stage of your child’s education.