At Tarvin Primary School, we aim to inspire a love of storytelling among our budding readers. We give our readers a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Through our engaging scheme of Read Write Inc. our readers become accurate, fluent and expressive which catapults them into exploring the rich and varied pathways texts. This is crucial for enabling them to acquire knowledge and build on what they already know.? Parents are a key part of supporting their child’s reading journey throughout their time at school.

Read Write Inc. and Early Reading

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At Tarvin Primary School, we follow the Read Write Inc. reading and comprehension programme. Read Write Inc., developed my Ruth Miskin, provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching reading. It is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.  

There are clear expectations of attainment for each year group by the end of each half-term through the year. We aim for children to reach the end of the programme, as fluent readers, by the end of Key Stage 1. Starting in reception, children are assessed by a team of teachers to establish the correct reading band and group. Assessments then take place at least every six weeks, or more frequently for accelerated learners or those children requiring additional support.  

For pupils still needing support with phonics from years 3-6, we provide an individual reading programme, Freshstart and Read Write Inc., that has phonically decodable texts at the heart of it.

Each week children will be provided with 3 books to share at home. The children will bring home their Read Write Inc core book, and they should be able to read the book confidently to you:accurately, fluently and with expression.They will also bring home a ‘Bookbag Book’, which is an unfamiliar book, but very similar to the Read Write Inc book they have been reading in class. This gives the children an opportunity to practice what they have learnt in a different context. Children will also bring a ‘Reading for Pleasure’ book home. These books are not for the children to read independently, as they could be beyond their reading capabilities at present. These are for you to read together and to enjoy.


Accelerated Reader

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When a child comes off the Read, Write, Inc. phonics programme, Accelerated Reader is a programme that aims to encourage and improve reading, measure growth of the individual reader and to provide quality reading for everyone. It allows for personalised learning targets to be set and for progress to be easily monitored by the teacher. This guide will help you to understand the system better so that you can support your child with their reading.

  • Every child will choose a book at their own level and read it at their own pace. 
  • When finished, they will take a short quiz on the computer.  Passing the quiz is an indication that your child has understood the book. 
  • The results gives both children and teachers instant feedback based which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice. These targets are personalised and based on their reading ability.

The aim of AR is for all children to succeed in achieving their targets.

While we continue to teach the skills of reading in class through guided reading texts, the Accelerated Reader books chosen by your child will provide them with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have developed in class. 


Ready Steady Comprehension

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In KS2, our guided reading lessons are taught daily and follow the Ready Steady Comprehension structure. These lessons are centred around whole class shared reading of engaging texts with a variety of genres both fiction and non-fiction. Our reading sessions explicitly teach reading skills and strategies to improve fluency of reading, build vocabulary, and hone comprehension and inference skills.

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