We are dedicated to encouraging all children to be passionate about reading. We are determined that ALL children will become highly competent readers by the end of their time with us. It is our intention to immerse pupils in the wonders of quality texts to instil a love for reading, a passion for discovery and a confidence to explore their imagination.
Early Reading – decodable books/ colour bands From week 1 in Reception, each child will take home a reading book. The children will start on ‘pink’ level and take home a pink decodable book, alongside a standard pink band book. The children will progress through the coloured levels in both decodable and banded books, to reflect their phonics progress. When appropriate, where the child’s fluency and pace are sufficiently developed, the child will continue to read through the book band colour levels, before progressing to ‘free readers’ age appropriate books.
Guided Reading and Shared Reading Guided reading will take place once a week with a teacher or teaching assistant. Children will be grouped accordingly to their reading ability. Each reading session will be based around key questions shared with the children at the beginning of the session. Relevant vocabulary will also be highlighted and discussed at the start. All children will read the text independently and be encouraged to find evidence within the text as they read. The adult will go round to individuals to listen to their reading, one at a time. Discussion and evidence relating to the key questions will be shared at the end of the session. All children will be given oral feedback at the end of the session.
Shared reading will take place 4 times a week. This will take a whole class format and will be teacher led.
Children experiencing difficulties when they are starting to learn to read will be identified quickly and additional support will be implemented e.g. additional phonics support and Fisher Family Trust program interventions.
Reading for pleasure should be encouraged in all classes /ERIC and teacher led reading
Age related texts
Reading should be incorporated into all subjects where possible
Children should be using their home reading diaries to be recording their reading as often as possible
We strive to ensure that our children's attainment is in line with or exceeds their potential when we consider the varied starting points of all our children. We measure this in KS1 by using Benchmarking and PIRA assessments. In KS2 our assessment is through whole class reading and PIRA assessments. Our intentions are that our reading curriculum will ensure our pupils are academically prepared for life beyond primary school and throughout their educational journey.