Reading at Tang Hall

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
Benjamin Franklin

At Tang Hall Primary School, we believe that effective communication and reading are key life skills. The study of English develops children’s ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, including the communication of their ideas, views and feelings. Through the English curriculum, children will develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively, enabling them to have the skills to become lifelong learners. Literacy is at the heart of all children’s learning, their knowledge, skills and understanding are transferrable and are used across a range of different situations and across the curriculum. Reading is given high priority at Tang Hall; it is the gateway to all other knowledge, improving spelling and fluency in written work.

Our principle aims in the teaching of reading at Tang Hall are:

  • To enable children to speak clearly with fluency, communicate effectively, both verbally and non-verbally, gaining the ability to adapt to any situation.
  • To encourage children to listen with concentration, identifying main and important parts.
  • To develop enthusiastic, independent, reflective and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, alongside non-fiction and media texts.
  • Children develop a love of reading.

To enable our children to become confident readers and writers, phonics is taught from Nursery until children are confident in all 6 phases as reflected in Letters and Sounds . In Year 1 every child must sit a Phonics Screening test, set by the Government. We endeavour to prepare all children for this.

Tang Hall Long Term Phonics Plan

Guided Reading occurs daily in every class. Daily reading is a key part of the timetable and time is set aside each day to ensure that children have the opportunity to read. Members of staff and regular volunteers listen to individual children read within the school day. Home reading is expected of each child and family and this is recorded in the planner – this expectation begins in Reception.

At Tang Hall Primary we use:

Phonic scheme: Letters and Sounds forms the basis for our phonics scheme. This is supplemented with a variety of resources which include bug club books.
Reading scheme: children in the early stage of reading are only offered phonetically decodable books. These are taken from a range of schemes including: Bug Club, Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat and Rigby Star.