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Learning to read

Approaches to Reading


Teachers model reading strategies during shared and guided reading sessions, whilst children have the opportunity to develop reading strategies and to discuss texts in detail during reciprocal reading sessions. In EYFS and Year 1, children have access to phonetically decodable books. From KS1 the children develop reading strategies and discuss texts in detail during guided reading sessions. In KS2 the children continue with shared and guided sessions and reciprocal reading is also used to develop key skills in: Prediction, Clarifying, Questioning, and Summarising. 

In KS1, children will read 1:1 with an adult at least one day per week. All children take home books weekly from a scheme and are encouraged to choose at least one book per week from the library.  A range of reading schemes are used to support early readers as well as book banded ‘real books’ used for guided reading. Books are carefully chosen to match the phase of phonics the children are currently working at. Teaching assistants support reading activities to ensure that children have more frequent opportunities to read with adults. This gives children opportunities to develop key skills in reading: Prediction, Clarifying, Questioning, and Summarising.  As the children move through the school, opportunities to read independently for a sustained period of time are afforded to them.

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. Reading clubs take place after school to promote the love of reading.

Children in the Foundation Stage classes take home books regularly to be shared with parents which are matched to the phonics phase they are currently learning.

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. Each day in school an adult will read to the whole class using a text that fits into their topic. All classes have several class readers to allow all children to have a copy and read with the whole class.