At Emmaus, we want to instil a love of reading within our school community. We promote a love of reading through story time, shared reading, high-quality class libraries and reading-rich learning environments. We recognise that reading is the key that unlocks the rest of our curriculum, so place a central importance on children’s mastery of this area. We separate reading into learning to decode (the teaching of phonics) and learning to comprehend (Inference lessons). Children start on a phonics and progress onto inference lessons once they have developed sufficient phonological understanding.
Our comprehension sessions are based on ‘Inference Training’, a comprehension intervention that focuses on boosting vocabulary, activating background knowledge, making inferences, integrating and building meaning and promoting the enjoyment of reading (Whatmuff 2014). This has been adapted from the work of Yuill and Oakhill (1988).
Our Concepts and Content Organiser shows what comprehension skills are taught at each stage of children's development and links these to specific shared texts. Our Pedagogy document outlines how we teach phonics and reading comprehension and some of the research that informs our teaching.