Reading

 

Our Approach    

Our aim in reading is to ensure that pupils are able to read confidently and fluently by the end of their primary education.  We are encouraging them to develop a love of books by widening their opportunities to read in school and developing the choices of books available for them. We are encouraging children to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction. In Literacy lessons, high quality texts (often from the Power of Reading website) are chosen that are engaging and age appropriate for the children. These books are read with the class and writing opportunities are created that link to characters, plots and issues arising from the text. Teachers also read with small groups in class, focusing on teaching a range of comprehension skills. As well as this, children are given a reading book to take home every night and parents are encouraged to read with their child.

 

We are meeting the requirements of the 2014 curriculum whilst matching the learning to the individuality of each child. 

Year By Year

The programmes of study for reading at Key Stages 1 and 2 consist of two dimensions:

  • Word reading
  • Comprehension (both listening and reading).

It is essential that teaching focuses on developing pupils’ competence in both dimensions; different methods of teaching are required for each skill and we aim to provide a range of differentiated learning opportunities for all of our children.

When children start school, they begin a phonics programme called ‘Letters and Sounds’ which is taught explicitly throughout Key Stage 1. Skilled word reading involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. Underpinning both is the understanding that the letters on the page represent the sounds in spoken words. Children choose a book from the banded books to read and they progress through the bands as their reading improves. The development of this essential skill is further supported by children taking these books home to read so that parents and carers are part of their child’s reading progression.

In Key Stage 1 we aim to develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by listening to a range of poems and stories, linking what they read to their own experiences and retelling familiar stories. Children begin to make predictions, answer and ask questions and sequence events in stories they have read.

In Key Stage 2, as their decoding skills become increasingly secure, teaching is focused more towards developing the breadth and depth of their reading, making sure that they become independent, fluent and enthusiastic readers who read widely and frequently. More emphasis is placed on developing the children’s comprehension skills. Good comprehension draws from linguistic knowledge (in particular of vocabulary and grammar) and on knowledge of the world. Comprehension skills develop through pupils’ experience of high-quality discussion with the teacher, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction.

During reading lessons, children share texts and answer comprehension questions both verbally and written. In light of the new curriculum in 2014 we are placing more emphasis on the purpose and audience of different texts. We are selecting books that link to our themes in other areas of the curriculum in order to make reading lessons more relevant.

We encourage our Key Stage 2 children to develop a love of reading by providing opportunities for them to become Librarians, whereby they take charge of book orders; make wish-lists of reading trends; support reading assemblies and provide recommendations to their peers. Through reading assemblies (across both key stages) we endeavour to open our children’s eyes to the fantastic range of books that we have in both our fiction and non-fiction libraries. This year, to support our shift in writing, we have created a ‘Living Library’, where children can access real examples of texts and deepen their understanding of purpose and audience.

 

 

 

 

 

Across the curriculum

High emphasis is placed on reading throughout the curriculum and opportunities are given to children to read a variety of text types linking to different curriculum areas and themes. In many cases, the Power of Reading texts are linked to the learning across the curriculum, e.g. term 1 History topics are linked to a range of historical fiction.  Each class is provided with a box of books that match the reading and interest age of its children and teachers use these cross-curricular texts to support the teaching and learning of Theme lessons. We are fortunate to have an exciting range of reading materials, including a weekly subscription of ‘First News’, which facilitate up-to-date reading material for our children.