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Reading and Phonics

At Oasis Academy Woodview, we use a unique approach to teaching Reading, based around a series of characters which link to different Reading skills.   The teaching of reading is supported by a strong reading culture and rich print environment.  Children are taught that books and reading are valued and respected and they are given lots of opportunities to read for pleasure. They are constantly exposed to rich language and varied story language and plots by being read to every day. Reading is the key to the rest of the curriculum and children use their growing reading skills to take meaning from a wide range of instructions, messages, labels, information and research tasks.

There is a full programme of support for children who are not developing their reading skills at age related expectations including Reading Recovery, Better Reading Partnerships and Lexia Core 5.

Reading Recovery is a well-established intervention scheme for children with reading difficulties. The programme provides daily half-hour sessions with specially trained Reading Recovery teachers for underachieving six-year-olds. 

We also use Lexia Reading Support, where students are automatically placed at the proper level following an independent assessment and work independently on developing their foundation reading skills. The programme provides explicit, systematic, adaptive learning on foundational reading skills, scaffolding students as they struggle and advancing them to higher levels as they demonstrate proficiency. Free school-to-home access allows students to continue their independent work at home.

The children use a phonics first approach to reading that is taught in daily phonics and reading lessons using the Read, Write Inc Programme.  Click here for more information and support regarding this.

As the children become more confident at decoding texts they take part in Shared reading with the teacher who guides them to progress from their current level of language comprehension to the next with carefully planned and focussed questioning and independent and group tasks.

Oasis Academy Woodview we are now signed up to the Oxford Owl website. Oxford Owl supports much of the learning that takes place in school. The Read, Write Inc phonics and spelling scheme now has support from teaching tools and resources.

On top of the learning resources there are e-books on the website which, along with the new iPads, give children the opportunity to listen to and read a variety of age appropriate titles.