Our aim is to develop a love of reading and ensure that our children are good readers before they transition to secondary school.
We use Read Write Inc. to deliver discrete phonics lessons four times a week in EYFS and KS1. These sessions last for 45 minutes for Reception and KS1 children and for 15 minutes for Nursery children. This is continued into KS2 where necessary. Reading strategies are modelled daily by teachers and teaching assistants. All children have the opportunity to develop their strategies for reading and discuss texts in detail.
In EYFS and KS1, children have the opportunity to read one-to-one with an adult at least once per week. This is more frequent for children who read less often at home, or who may need additional support to reach national expectations for their age. As children move through school (or become more able readers), opportunities for sustained independent reading are provided. Wherever possible, children in KS2 are also given opportunities to read one-to-one with an adult.
Reading comprehension is taught using the ‘Holmgate Reading Detectives’ strategy (see appendix). As part of this strategy, children are taught to:
- use their background knowledge to connect with books that they read
- make predictions about a text
- ask questions about a text
- visualise (make mind pictures) about some of the things that happen
- identify what is really important in a text, such as key words, phrases, sentences and ideas
- check things make sense to them and notice when they have an understanding ‘breakdown’
- use ‘breakdown strategies’ to get them understanding again
- summarise by spotting important parts of a story and connecting them together to build meaning
The ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ scheme is used to support early readers. We also have book banded ‘real books’ for children further up school. Children may choose a reading book from their current level and take it home to read. Parents are encouraged to listen to their children read at least four times a week and fill in their child’s reading diary.
Many exciting and rewarding activities are arranged in school to promote the pleasure and knowledge that can be gained from books, e.g. ‘World Book Day’- where children are immersed in storytelling, author quizzes, book discussions and the opportunity to dress up as a book character and share their favourite books. We also have well-attended book fairs, which our Y6 librarians help to run and competitions. There are also engaging and interactive whole-school assemblies about reading.
KS2 children are taught comprehension skills through one whole class comprehension lesson each week. Daily guided reading sessions embed the Holmgate Reading Detective skills. The texts chosen for comprehension lessons and for guided reading should be high quality texts, which promote a love of reading and as far as possible support learning related to the curriculum project key questions. The texts should have an appropriate level of challenge. The English leader will monitor the suitability of texts and provide staff with advice on appropriate texts to use with their children.
Teachers will choose a class book each term linked to their project. This text will be used for whole class reading.
Children who fall behind in their reading will be identified both through formative and summative assessments. Whenever possible, intervention will be provided to narrow or close the gap to age-related expectation.