The Teaching of Reading
We believe that reading for pleasure is important and try to give as many opportunities throughout the week to develop this love of reading as we can. Each year, we celebrate World Book Day with a day devoted to reading where the pupils partake in various reading-related activities.
The programmes of study for reading in both KS1 and KS2 consist of two dimensions: word reading and comprehension (both listening and reading).
Reading & Phonics – EYFS and KS1 only
In order to cater for our pupil’s varied interests and to sustain their enthusiasm as they develop their reading skills, we have built up a large selection of books from many different publishers. These include Oxford Reading Tree, Fireflies, Project X, Rigby Pockets and Sail Books. We have banded them into colours using the book banding system and our professional judgement. Recently we have added extra ORT phonics books, from Phonics Bug Club, for early readers and invested in Project X books to boost our boys’ reading progression.
Every class throughout the Primary Phase will read novels together throughout the year. This is an opportunity for the class teacher and pupils to model the mechanics of reading. It is also a chance to develop a greater knowledge of grammar and punctuation, to demonstrate the organisational devices of texts, identify spelling patterns and grammar, extend knowledge of vocabulary and focus on all levels of comprehension: literal, inferential, evaluative and critical questions.
Reading Comprehension – KS1 and KS2 only
Pupils are grouped accordingly and resources meet the needs of every individual. A reading comprehension teaching sequence will start with a text introduction followed by a ‘teach lesson’, a ‘talk lesson’ and finally a ‘write lesson’. The pupils will have the opportunity to read independently, with prompts for the decoding of words, before returning to the text as a group for teaching points and key questions for responding to the text.
Independent and Wider Reading – KS1 and KS2 only
Every pupil will be given opportunities for sustained independent reading throughout the week to help develop a love of reading.
Pupils choose a personal reading book from a wide range of books located in both the KS1 and KS2 Libraries. In KS2 pupils are able to select books independently using the suggestions given through our Accelerated Reader Programme. A reading level is established through the use of a quiz upon completion of a book; appropriately-levelled reads are then recommended depending on the outcome of this quiz. From the start of the Lent term pupils in Year 2 will begin the Accelerated Reader Programme.
All reading is recorded in a Pupil Planner, and pupils are expected to read at home daily.
All pupils are able to take books home from the KS1 and KS2 Libraries to read independently and with parents. Each class is allocated a session during the week to select new reading material and read to the teacher.
In KS2, pupils also have the opportunity to develop their reading skills through research work. These skills may be taught through other subjects as well as in English. This may be carried out through topic work using a variety of sources, including non-fiction books and the Internet.