Developing reading is a major focus and ensuring the children have the reading fluency and skills they need to access the rest of the curriculum is one of our key aims. We aim to instil a love of reading in every child and believe books and stories open up a whole new secret world.
We use Read Write Inc to teach initial skills and Oxford Reading Tree as a core reading scheme for younger children. Children in KS2 use Accelerated Reader. Discrete taught reading sessions operate throughout the school.
We have a wide range of reading material, both factual and fiction, in classrooms and in our library. The children are encouraged to use this library to develop the research skills needed to become independent learners. Early morning library sessions from 8.30am are available to Year 5 and Year 6 children.
Our curriculum for reading ensures all our children have the opportunity to improve their knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of being a good reader. These include:
• Excellent phonic knowledge and skills
• Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum
• Knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary
• An excellent comprehension of texts
• The motivation to read for both study and for pleasure
• Extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts
From Year 3 all children frequently use the Accelerated Reader system. Accelerated Reader is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice, motivating children to read for pleasure. STAR assessments are undertaken regularly in school which provide the children with a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD). This number supports the children in choosing a reading book that is at the correct 'level' of understanding for their stage of development - encouraging fluency, knowledge and reading for pleasure. These are the building blocks of a successful reader. Your child should already be aware of their ZPD and will be completing their next STAR assessment test imminently. They will be able to access the website at home by using the hyperlink https:ukhosted47.renlearn.co.uk/2250129 and will have the Home Connect information sent out early in the school year.
For more information on Accelerated Reader and Home Connect, please either click here or see the documentation below: