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Kelvin Grove Primary School

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Kelvin Grove
Primary School

Phonics teaching

High quality, daily phonics teaching at Kelvin Grove begins in Reception and continues throughout KS1 using the Letters and Sounds phonics programme.  Interventions are run to support children who may need additional support throughout the Key Stages. Children are taught in groups to ensure they receive the teaching that is best suited to their abilities. Phonics workshops are delivered for parents to enable them to support their children at home.. A huge achievement for the school is the national Year 1 Phonics Screening Test results which were higher than National in 2016.

Reading at Kelvin Grove

At Kelvin Grove, we are dedicated to developing and maintaining a positive and enthused reading culture for our pupils. We hold an annual World Book Week celebration where pupils and teachers all come to school dressed as their favourite book characters. The week also involves workshops, visits from published authors and book fairs. The costumes for World Book Day get better and better every year!

All children from Reception to Year 6 take part in a daily Guided Reading session.  This is a session of approximately half an hour where children focus on developing their reading skills.  Children are placed in ability groups of approximately 6 children.  Over the week children take part in a carousel of activities which are planned to meet their needs and address learning objectives appropriate to their level of reading and comprehension.  When working independently, children will complete activities related to an objective. Pupils’ work is recorded in reading journals.

Home School Reading

Each week pupils will bring home a reading book that has been chosen for them by their class teacher.  This book is designed to be a slight challenge– this may be in the language the book contains or the theme of the text. Pupils’ books will be changed weekly.  Over the year, pupils should read a range of genres (stories, poetry, non fiction, graphic novels etc).  They will also be able to choose an independent reader from their class library. 

Pupils bring home a planner which has a home school reading diary in it. This enables them  to record reading done at home and parents/carers have an opportunity to comment on the reading and enjoyment of the book.

We offer reading workshops for parents in the autumn of every school year. These are an opportunity for parents/carers to find out more about the teaching of reading at Kelvin Grove and how they might support their pupils at home. 

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