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Reading

Intent

We aim for all our children to have a love of reading. We want to teach and encourage children to become confident, enthusiastic and independent readers who can read for a variety of different purposes including enjoyment and the pursuit of knowledge.

Our well-used school library is at the heart of our school. It is regularly restocked with high quality books which the children enthuse about.

We use Read Write Inc to teach our children phonics and spelling. The scheme is used throughout the school from EYFS to Year 6 and children are taught in small groups. Read Write Inc teaches our children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. Phonics books are closely matched to pupils’ increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read stories, their fluency increases.

Accelerated Reader is used to monitor pupils’ reading practice and their progress. Children take a ‘Star Reading Test’ at the beginning and end of the term which helps guide individual reading levels. Children take a short quiz online to monitor their comprehension of the text. Children who are not yet on the Accelerated Reader scheme choose a banded book from the class collection, supported by an adult. 

Reading and comprehension skills are taught through whole class guided reading and English lessons.

In whole class guided reading sessions the teacher reads aloud, modelling fluency and intonation, ‘thinking aloud’ about the evidence in the text that supports the theme for the lesson. Whole class sets of books that are both engaging and stretch children’s understanding are chosen to promote a wider range of literacy. Children read along with the teacher using different strategies to assess their engagement.

Whole class guided reading focuses on:

  • Contextualising          
  • Characters and settings     
  • Plot and structure
  • Vocabulary              
  • Investigating spelling and grammar          
  • Responding and Reflecting
  • Fluency

Parents are an integral part of our teaching of reading, so they are asked to read with their children daily. Parent workshops are arranged to share how phonics and reading is taught at school and how pupils can be supported at home.

We are fortunate to have a group of parent volunteers who read regularly in classes with pupils.

Children are encouraged to read out loud in performances in both church and school, including assemblies.

Classrooms are developing reading areas which promote a love of reading and provide a stimulating place for children to read.

A group of Year 6 children take part in the Reading Gladiators scheme which promotes reading at a greater depth and exposes children to texts that they may not usually choose.

Impact

Pupils across the school enthusiastically choose books from the school library and celebrate their reading achievements in our weekly Celebration Assembly.

Pupils will proudly share when they have taken a quiz or have moved up a reading colour. These achievements are shared on the weekly newsletter that goes to parents.

Pupils are reading a wider range of books as the library develops. Pupils are willing to read something a bit different and step out of their comfort zone.

Pupils finish the EYFS with the majority at expected for Reading. Children’s progress across KS1 is reflected in Year 1 phonics scores and KS1 SATs, which are consistently above national. KS2 attainment is broadly in line with national expectations.