When considering whether your child is ready to move up to the next Read Write Inc book colour (and set of taught sounds), we consider their word reading (6 weekly cycle of phonics assessments, decoding) and their comprehension skills. This includes their ability to answer questions within their Read Write Inc book and their ability to answer VIPERS questions within whole class and small group guided reading sessions. Reciprocal Reading roles are introduced in EYFS when the children are ready, in preparation for their continuing reading journey through KS1 and into KS2.
Read Write Inc games, resources and VIPERS reading comprehension documents can also be found at the bottom of this page.
Reading in KS2
When considering whether a child is ready to move up to the next book band we consider their decoding skills and their comprehension skills. In Key Stage 2 (once your child has reached the end of the Read Write Inc phonics programme), they will progress through the following book bands - gold, white, lime and this is when then begin of Free Reading scheme which includes brown, grey, dark blue and dark red.
In KS2 we also take on Reciprocal Reading roles to further our understanding of the texts we are reading and to help each other as our reading comprehension skills flourish and grow. We do this during whole class and group guided reading sessions, these are known as the Fab Four: Predictor, Clarifier, Summariser, and the Questioner. A document explaining these roles can be found at the bottom of the page.
In both key stages children can earn Reading Karate bands for reading more at home. Reading Karate band successes are rewarded in weekly achievement assemblies.
Research shows that it is the combination of quality Guided Reading sessions, together with Shared Text or Whole Class Reading lessons that has the highest impact in terms of a child’s progress in reading. This is our approach at Delaware and Gunnislake to ensure that good progress in Reading is achieved for all.
Daily phonics and taught reading, weekly guided reading sessions and high quality engaging texts for English lessons enable our children to develop their reading skills. A well stocked library with books to share at home gives our children access to an even wider range of fiction and non-fiction books. Daily shared stories and poems read by class teachers, Teaching Assistants (and our friends in KS2), help kindle a love of stories and inspire budding storytellers.
Reading activities during our guided reading sessions, good quality whole class shared texts, the application of VIPERS skills across the wider curriculum, Reciprocal Reading and a well stocked library ensure our children make at least good progress in reading and are given opportunities to lose themselves in a good book. We hope their passion for reading will stay with them through their secondary school education and for the rest of their lives!
'Reading is the gateway skill that makes all other learning possible.' - Barack Obama
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