Reading Alongside learning how to decode words and use spelling patterns, we know that children need to experience reading whole texts. In this way, children will have the chance to apply their decoding skills, while improving their comprehension: reading for meaning.
To support this, we offer children reading sessions, which will include opportunities to engage with a text (both fiction and non-fiction), answer a range of question types and respond to the text in creative ways. Click here to view our reading teaching sequence which is used to plan reading lessons from Year 2 - 6.
We use a range of reading schemes that follow a progressive book band system. We are currently reviewing our book band system to ensure pupils have the opportunity to read fully decodable books when appropriate.
Children also experience having stories read to them by adults and for many children, shared story time is the highlight of the day! Our main intent is to develop a love of books and a love of reading in all our children. We develop children's culture capital through a carefully mapped out selection of texts, which enable pupils to experience a wide range of genres, authors and protagonists. We want all children to value books and use them to become fluent readers. This is why every child has a reading book and / or a library book to take home. Pupils have weekly access to our library so they can choose their own books to enjoy at home. We have a blog where pupils can publish reviews of books they have enjoyed.
Finally, children have the chance to engage with a range of fiction and non-fiction through their English lessons and across the curriculum. For example, through Research Projects in history and geography, children will read about volcanoes and earthquakes; rainforests; the Romans; the Egyptians and many other exciting topic.
We have a wonderful library which is at the heart of our reading curriculum. Parents, staff and pupils all love it!
"Visiting the library is my daughter's favourite thing to do at school." “I love reading and me and my mum like the new colourful books.“ “I read every night with my daughter.” “It’s great we don’t have to travel far to use a library.” “Mrs. Cassidy and everyone thank you so much for the library. It has upgraded our interest in reading.”
We were delighted to be awarded the One Education Reading Award for our positive approach to the teaching and enjoyment of reading.