At Queensway Infant Academy we believe one of the most important skills for our children to develop is reading.
We believe that reading is a key tool for life. Teaching children to become excellent readers and to have a love of reading is a major part of what we strive to do. Children have the opportunity to read every day. Children will read on either an individual or whole class basis. Provision allows for our pupils to independently access a range of books and stories. Our pupils are encouraged to share books at home through our school library service. To ensure books are carefully matched to our pupils abilities, all of our reading books are linked to our phonics programme. Within our English lessons we carefully plan comprehension opportunities to ensure pupils are developing their abilities to make predictions, to infer, to sequence and explain their thoughts linked to a text through ‘Vipers’. We ensure that our quality texts allow children to experience and learn ambitious vocabulary.
We have a newly refurbished library with a vast variety of books for the children to borrow.
Find out how you can support your child to read at home by clicking on the links below.
www.storylineonline.net (online reading books)
www.pobblw365.com (daily spag and writing challenge)
www.onceuponapicture.co.uk (use the image to inspire writing)
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zgkw2hv (KS1 English)
www.vooks.com (story books)
At Queensway Infant Academy and Nursery, phonics is taught daily through Letters and Sounds Programme. There is a strong emphasis on using phonics to read. Children are exposed from Nursery to phase 1 phonics and later introduced to phase 2 phonics in preparation for transition into Reception. At Queensway, we believe Phase 1 is a vital element of teaching phonics throughout the school. Pupils will be exposed to phase 2 and phase 3 during their year in Reception. Pupils in Year 1 focus on Phase 4 and Phase 5 in preparation for the phonic screening. As pupils transition into Year 2, they focus on spelling and grammar. Pupils are regularly assessed to identify any misconceptions and will receive interventions to support their development in phonics. Pupils are encouraged to apply their phonics knowledge and skills in their reading and writing.
Within our teaching of phonics, children also learn to spell "tricky words". These are words that children cannot sound by using their phonics skills.