Reading at Marriott Primary School

Marriott Primary School aims to foster confident, articulate children who have a love of reading. Linked with the Knowledge Transfer Centre, Foundation Stage and Key Stage One teachers have been trained on teaching shared and guided reading that encourages children to use a range of reading strategies and answer questions about the text. Children in Foundation Stage 1 access stories through continuous provision and when a book is shared and are exposed to reading in their environment. Children in Foundation Stage 2 have guided reading sessions twice a week and regular shared reading sessions.

Children in Year 1 upwards read at least once a week in a guided reading group with an adult where they have the opportunity to read and discuss a book, short story or non-fiction text alongside other children and their teacher.

We use a range of books to meet the needs and interests of all our learners such as Project X, PM readers and in Key Stage Two novels that are linked to our topics. Children work through the levels and colour bands of the reading scheme, moving onto the next level when they are confidently reading around 95% accuracy on a book. Once children are confident and fluent they are exposed to a wide variety of texts and are supported to develop the higher order skills of inference and deduction.

Some children who need support with their reading receive additional support. We are a Reading Recovery School and have trained Better Reading Partners in order to help children make rapid progress in their reading.

All children get to change their home reading books as often as they want and have a home school diary for parents to record every time they listen to their child read. If children read three times a week at home their name gets put into a weekly prize draw to become a reading champion.

Phonics at Marriott Primary School

All children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 have daily phonics sessions. Phonics is a crucial part of Foundation Stage and Key Stage One as it gives children confidence and helps them become independent readers and writers. Marriott Primary School is a Universal school for the Knowledge Transfer Centre scheme for Phonics and Reading. This is a project for phonics and reading based on Letters and Sounds developed by Literacy Consultant Ann Smallberger. Children also learn to read and spell tricky words; words which don’t rely on phonics. Children at Marriott Primary School are excited to read and write new words and sentences and enjoy having these challenges.

  • Phase 1 focuses on everyday sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration and orally segmenting and blending.
  • Phase 2 focuses on learning all single sounds and how to read and write them in words.
  • Phase 3 focuses on learning simple digraph and trigraph sounds and applying these to words and sentences (for example, igh, oo, ear and er)
  • Phase 4 focuses on learning adjacent consonants in words (for example, fl, pr,cr and st)
  • Phase 5 focuses on learning alternative digraph and trigraph sounds and applying these to words and sentences (for example, ie, ph, oe and ai)

Children in Year 2 start in September by recapping phase 5 of phonics before moving on spelling rules and patterns.

Mrs Johnson

Literacy Lead

Click on the links below if you would like learn more about reading with your child.

How to help your child read at home

Every child needs to be exposed to a range of words and books. Reading at home is extremely important for the development of your child’s language and literacy skills

Starting to learn to read-Things we can do at home

Mum makes sure the television is turned off and spends time helping her son do reading activities. Dad makes reading books an enjoyable time with his son and also hears him read.

Starting to learn to read-Things we can do when we’re out and about

The family use their local library so that their son can enjoy more books. Dad lets his son choose his favourite books and shares good reading habits with him. They find a place in the library where they can talk and enjoy the books they have chosen.

Becoming a more confident reader- Things we can do at home

Sending and receiving letters provides a great opportunity for reading and writing. Mum breaks down difficult words to help her daughter read them. Mum and daughter spend special times together enjoying books without being distracted.

Becoming a more confident reader- Things we can do when we’re out and about

Mum uses cooking together as an enjoyable activity to share reading for a purpose. Mum gives her daughter lots of simple reading tasks when they are out shopping together. Mum is always helping her daughter to learn new words without making it a test.