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Reading is a priority at Silverdale Primary Academy, demonstrated by regular, often daily, reading opportunities. Throughout the school this includes;

  • Phonics (Early Years and Year 1, possibly Year 2)

  • Whole Class Guided Reading session (Year 2 to Year 6)

  • Quality story time

  • ERIC time (independent home reading time)

  • Reading for knowledge across the curriculum

  • Reading from a high quality text to support the writing process in English



Our Approach To Teaching Reading

Here at Silverdale we passionately believe in the mission statement of Read, Write Inc… ‘teach a child to read and keep them reading’. Therefore, we begin teaching children to read using RWI.


Read Write Inc. Phonics

Read Write Inc. Phonics is a phonics programme, for 3 to 7 year-olds learning to read and for 7 and 8 year-olds needing to catch up quickly. Reading is taught using synthetic phonics.


Teaching of Early Reading:

Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes.

They experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.

Along with a thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion, children are helped to read with a storyteller’s voice.

Fidelity to the teaching programme, rigorous assessment, tracking and tutoring ensures that the school guarantees progress for every child. One-to-one tutoring ensures that no children are left behind. Children have positive early experiences of learning to read - they are successful and progress quickly.



Once our children complete the RWI programme, we use Accelerated Reader as a platform to further their reading at home.


What is Accelerated Reader?

  • Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps our teachers to manage and monitor independent home reading. ​

  • The children choose a book at their level and read it at their own pace. ​

  • Once finished, they take a short quiz on the computer that provides a score for understanding.

  • Accelerated Reader provides feedback to the teacher based on the quiz results.

To see Accelerated Reader information, click here

To see phonics information, click here



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