To build on the children’s language experiences and early reading skills that they have already acquired.
For pupils to emerge from inexperienced readers to independent readers who read a variety of texts for different purposes.
To look for higher standards because we have high expectations of our children.
For children to develop as readers and to be able to enjoy reading for pleasure, alone or as a shared experience with an adult or their peers. We want children to be able to read independently and be able to follow personal interests, use their research skills to extend their knowledge and understanding.
To recognise that reading plays an important part of education and life.
We encourage a love of books and of reading by providing a rich reading environment in our classrooms and in our school library.
Throughout the school, teachers read aloud to children on a regular basis. We read a wide range of good quality fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
We teach the word recognition skills needed to decode text and the language comprehension skills needed to understand what they read.
Word recognition skills are developed systematically in the early years through the teaching of synthetic phonics. We teach phonics daily in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage 1, using the Read, Write Inc material.
Language comprehension skills are developed and deepened through regular shared and guided reading in discrete English lessons and across the curriculum.
We assess children’s reading levels using end of term reading comprehension tests from Pearsons’ Bug Club and teachers keep on-going weekly guided reading records of children’s progress in reading.
We use Read Write Inc as our main phonics programme in school. Read Write Inc is a literacy programme that helps children learn synthetic phonics. The scheme includes both a phonics and reading focus. The sessions happen every day as the continuity and pace of the programme is essential to increasing the speed of children’s reading development.
In Key stage 1, pupils take part in guided reading session once a week and individual reading once a week. All pupils are provided with a reading diary which they are expected to bring to school every day along with their reading book. This diary allows on-going communication between home and school on your child’s reading progress.
In Key stage 2, pupils take part in a VIPERS whole class reading session 5 x a week in addition to this pupils have the opportunity to read their 'grapple book' independently every day.
There are a number of reading interventions in school which support those who are finding reading difficult. RWI one-to-one tuition is used in Key Stage 1. Staff are allocated individual children who have been hi-lighted as underachieving in reading.
Throughout the school children read a range of reading books from different reading schemes including RWI Book Bag Books and Oxford Reading Tree. The books are levelled according to the Book band bands.
Developing a love of reading
To develop a love of reading throughout the school these are some of the things that we do throughout the school year
Reading at home
Reading with your child at home is vital in order to help stimulate your child’s imagination and expand their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. Reading books open your child’s mind to a whole new world of vocabulary. Books showcase a wide range of words that your child may not use or hear every day. When you include reading into your child’s daily life, it helps them develop a higher level of words to use in their everyday conversations. As you read, your child may ask what words mean, take time to explain the definitions and talk about what your child is reading.