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Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

How We Teach Reading

We recognise that pupils learn to read and develop their reading skills at different speeds as they grow up.

Reception Class

  • Once children are settled, every pupil is heard reading three times a week by school staff and / or trained volunteers. The Class Teacher will listen to each child read at least once per week.
  • The children hear stories being read to them by different adults throughout each week and key questions about characters, setting and plot are discussed together.
  • Phonics is taught in groups and pupils move between groups depending on their progress.

Year 1

  • Every pupil is heard at least once per week by a member of school staff. Pupils who were below a Good Level of Development (GLD) at the end of Reception will be heard at least three times a week.
  • The children hear stories being read to them and key questions about the story are discussed together. Children begin to develop their inference skills through questions and wonderings about books and stories. As the year progresses, children become more aware of the skills needed to become confident readers. These skills are displayed in the classroom.
  • Trained volunteers hear pupils read.
  • Phonics is taught in daily, whole class sessions with additional support planned in for those who need it.

Year 2

  • Pupils who did not pass the phonics check in Y1 are heard daily by a member of school staff.
  • Whole class reading of books linked to the topic happens a minimum of three times a week for at least 20 minutes. Whole class books alternate termly between picture books and chapter books. When the class are reading chapter books, every child has a copy.
  • After reading together, pupils develop higher level reading skills through skills focused lessons. A list of the skills needed to become confident readers is displayed in the classroom.
  • The Class Teacher hears everyone read once a week.
  • Trained volunteers hear children read.
  • Regular phonics sessions continue for those who did not pass the Year 1 check.

Year 3 onwards

  • Pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading are heard three times per week by a member of school staff. Every child is heard weekly.
  • Whole class reading of books linked to their topic happens a minimum of three times a week for at least 20 minutes, during which all pupils have a copy of the text. After reading together, pupils develop higher level reading skills through skills focused lessons. A list of the skills needed to become confident readers is displayed in the classroom.
  • Trained volunteers hear children read in Years 3 and 6. (We are looking for new volunteers to read with Years 4 and 5.)
  • Each class has 40 key texts across genres as a reading challenge. Pupils will review each book to prove that they have read it.

General

  • Extra interventions for children are put into place as necessary.
  • Each child is expected to read at home at least 4 times per week. This should be recorded in their reading journals.
  • All classes are language rich environments and the teaching of vocabulary is a focus in all year groups.
  • Reading journals are checked regularly and books are changed when required. Parents can request a change by writing clearly in the journal.
  • We hold reading workshops for parents and for volunteers.
  • There is always a reading focus in Book Week in March.
  • We actively look for local or national book related competitions or events to take part in.
  • We often include book recommendations on our newsletter.