At Ark Aryton we are commited to ensuring our children become highly skilled readers, working at or above the National Standard, who develop a life-long love of reading during their time with us. We provide our children with a balanced reading diet comprising of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and classics, exposing them to great literary writers both past and present. Reading is at the heart and soul of our curriculum and we use books of all kinds to drive and support learning.
We use the Read Write Inc. reading programme which is based on "synthetic phonics"; that is, children learn what combinations of letters make all the different sounds in English, how to blend these sounds to make words, and how to decode words when they see these combinations.
In years 3-6, we teach whole class reading for 45 minutes each day with a focus on comprehension. Good comprehension draws from linguistic knowledge (both vocabulary and grammar) and on knowledge of the world.
We have a team of four reading volunteers from the local community who come once a week to listen to readers. We welcome volunteers who want to join us and offer training in supporting readers.
This year at the Year 5 Book Awards, our lovely Miss Pullen won the ‘Inspiring Adult Award’. This was in recognition of her dedication to helping our children become life long readers. These are just a few comments from our children:
Pupils in Years 1 and 2 visited Victoria Park this week for a book event! Unfortunately, author Nick Sharratt was unwell and not able to attend, but the children were very lucky to have a storyteller from Portsmouth Central Library who read Nick’s book ‘Shark in the Park’. All the children really enjoyed joining in with the story and they finished the event with a picnic lunch before returning to school.
Every child received a FREE, signed copy of Shark in the Park! Thank you to Portsmouth Public Libraries and School Library Service.