Reading at WECPS
At WECPS we are passionate about reading.
We choose our whole class texts carefully to help us ...
- develop our knowledge of the wider curriculum
- support our wellbeing by using the positive messages from to reflect in our own lives
- develop our empathy towards others by understanding more about the characters in the stories
At Whitley and Eggborough we are proud to teach Early reading through ‘Read, Write Inc’. This programme is proven to be extremely effective in helping children to become confident and independent readers and writers by introducing letters and sounds, and teaching strategies for reading and writing words.
We ensure training and monitoring of reading is in place and it is regularly reviewed. The systematic, synthetic phonics programme of Read Write Inc is delivered daily to EYFS and KS1. Pupils new to English in KS2 who require reading support, access the Read, Write Inc. fast track tutoring programme via small group focused interventions to ‘keep up not catch up.’
Develop a love of reading
Our staff and children are absolutely passionate about reading! Children are exposed to a wide range of texts and authors including traditional tales, poetry, non-fiction and new authors.Teachers read to their classes throughout the school day during whole class reading or sharing books for pleasure at the end of the school day. Children have the daily opportunity to spend time quietly reading independently or 1:1 with a member of staff. This enables our learners to be fully engaged with their books.
We are proud of our school library, which is looked after by a selection of year 6 children who relish in the responsibility. All children have access Monday-Friday. The school library is regularly restocked and children are consulted on the selection of new reading books we purchase. We also invite guest authors (local) into school to read aloud to them and conduct writing workshops based on their books- Conrad Burdekin, Terry Caffrey, Karen Langtree and most recently Aisling Fowler - author of the newly published "Fireborn".
We are looking forward to meeting the author of "Clementine and Florentine" - Tash Harrison.
We use a combination of reading schemes as children progress. For example: Read, Write, Inc, Phonics songbirds, Fireflies and Oxford Reading Tree. These give a variety of fiction and non-fiction books to develop children's reading range. Children learn to read at different rates. Once they finish the reading scheme, we encourage them to become 'free readers' and choose their own books.