Reading at Paddock secondary School
Pupils who attend Paddock School have a variety of different needs. It was therefore felt that more than one reading scheme and a variety of approaches were needed to enable all learners to progress with their reading. We have investigated a number of reading schemes and have decided that the 'One Scheme Fits All' approach does not work at Paddock School.
At Paddock Secondary School we use The Oxford Reading Tree and the 'Read, Write, Inc' schemes for pupils P7 and above, which teaches phonological awareness and blending skills in a practical and fun way.
Phonics is very often the key to opening up the reading world. However, it can be very difficult for some pupils with SEN to master phonics e.g. for many pupils with ASD and Downs Syndrome. It is important to evaluate how much focus is placed on phonics and we therefore maintain a balance with sight words, book appreciation and guessing from pictures and context. We also use 'See and Learn' for pupils who need the main focus to be on sight reading instead of phonetical sounds and blending. Additionally, pupils are given regular opportunities throughout their day to access environmental print, sensory stories, personalised books, electronic books and audio books.
Opportunities for Reading
- children are able to recognise and interpret photographs / pictures / signs and symbols
- sufficient daily time is allowed for developing and extending reading skills and comprehension
- children have experience of a range and balance of teaching approaches
- the children’s level of achievement is regularly assessed (using B squared + other assessments) and individual needs recognised and used in planning
- progress in acquiring reading skills, including the development of comprehension, are continually monitored to support the generalisation of these across situations
- parents are encouraged and enabled to support their child’s reading development
- children and parents are encouraged to take part in the home-school reading programme
- there is continuous staff development in relation to the teaching of reading
School Library and Resources
- children are involved in choosing from a selection of reading materials
- children experience handling a variety of books and have access to a wide range of high quality reading resources
- there is a school library at the Secondary School and the children from the Primary School will be given regular opportunities to visit the library and to borrow books
- teachers will use a range of strategies to teach reading
- children are encouraged to share books and ‘read’ alone or together for enjoyment
- structured individual reading objectives are used to inform the daily teaching of literacy at individual and group levels
- ICT is used as a means of enabling children to access the curriculum and to reinforce and extend their skills and learning