Reading at Felsted Primary
The school uses a variety of reading schemes in Reception and KS1. These are banded according to the level of difficulty.
High Frequency Words are used to augment our reading scheme and these are graded into levels of difficulty in line with the new National Curriculum.
Phonics are taught using the THRASS scheme and this is also linked to spellings.
Reading at Felsted Primary is also promoted successfully through our Reading Power Scheme as explained below:
Reading Power is Felsted Primary’s award winning initiative for raising the profile of and encouraging reading among the pupils. The school was shortlisted as one of the top 6 Literacy strategies in the country in both 2011 and 2013 for a prestigious TES Award, the schools’ equivalent of the Oscars.
Felsted Primary uses a combination of strategies to promote pupils’ reading. The key to the school’s success is the use of 5 reading superheroes who visit assemblies and classrooms to promote reading. Their names are ‘Major Read,’ ‘Paige Turner,’ Brooke Shelf,’ DShaun Airey and Theo Saurus. The superheroes are extremely colourful and have developed their own characters.
Every week, two pupils from each class are chosen as the ‘Reading Champions’ based on the effort they have put into reading at home and school that week.
The Reading Champions get a certificate and are allowed to choose one of 5 superhero bookmarks and a certificate. If the pupils collect 5 bookmarks, they can claim a free book.
Every time a child gains 5 bookmarks they are ‘promoted’ on the scheme and awarded a badge corresponding to their rank. Children can progress to ‘Sergeant Reader’, ‘Captain Reader’ and finally to ‘Major Reader’. Once they had achieved the accolade of ‘Major Reader’, the children are invited to submit a new superhero onto the scheme. Hence, we also have new reading superheroes such as ‘Miss Terry’ and ‘Maggie Zeen’.
Regular testing of children enables us to target the children who are not making relevant progress using our community readers (a mix of parents and people from the local community).
The scheme has been very successful since its introduction in 2009.
Phonics is taught in the school through the THRASS and Letters and Sounds programme. There is further information about THRASS under the section 'Parents' then' How to help at home'.