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Learning to read

Approaches to Reading

Teachers model reading strategies during shared reading sessions, whilst children have the opportunity to develop reading strategies and to discuss texts in detail during reciprocal reading sessions. This gives children opportunities to develop key skills in reading: Prediction, Clarifying, Questioning, and Summarising.  In KS1 children also have the opportunity to read 1-1 with an adult at least once a week. As the children move through the school, opportunities to read independently for a sustained period of time are afforded to them.

A range of reading schemes are used to support early readers as well as book banded ‘real books’ used for guided reading. Teaching assistants support reading activities to ensure that children have more frequent opportunities to read with adults.

Many exciting and rewarding activities are arranged in school to promote the pleasure and knowledge that can be gained from books, i.e. ‘Book Week’, Reading Challenge, Readathon, Dress as your favourite book character

Children in the Foundation Stage classes take home a regularly to be shared with parents.

In KS1 children take home a book from a reading scheme.  In addition to this, children have the opportunity to choose a book from the class library. Each child has a reading folder and a home school reading record that teachers and parents can use to share information about a child’s reading. Parents are encouraged to read with their child daily. 

In Key Stage 2 children choose books to take home and read. We also have a selection of banded books from years three to five to support appropriate text choices. We still encourage all readers to share a book at home with their grown-ups. We believe that this not only helps to develop inferential skills, but also supports a lifelong love of reading. Throughout the Key Stage, children become more independent in recording what they have read in their reading journals.

We recognise the value of adults (both in school and at home) reading aloud to children, in order to improve their grasp of story language, enthuse them with a love of books and inspire them as both readers and writers.