Reading is the foundation to all learning; we want children to develop a positive reading ethos in which a love of reading is acquired. Through providing a wide range of stimulating and engaging fiction and non-fiction texts, we aim to capture children’s imaginations and teach them the skills needed to be proficient and confident readers.
Daily guided reading takes place across the school, offering a sequence of activities that develop understanding in both word reading and comprehension skills. A range of strategies are used to develop such skills, including: reading with an adult; sharing a text with peers; accessing Bug Club (an online reading resource that supports and enhances our guided reading materials); completing journal activities or follow-up comprehension. When reading a text, children are taught and encouraged to apply their questioning, predicting, summarising and clarifying skills which are proven to develop children’s comprehension of a text both verbally and in response to questions. Throughout guided reading sessions, high-quality discussions are modelled and promoted to support understanding of the fundamentals of vocabulary and grammar, thus making the integral link to both reading and writing. Pupils are given the opportunity to discuss as individuals, groups or as a class.
Pupils are encouraged to take their books home every night. It is hoped that parents will actively participate in helping their children to become enthusiastic readers by listening to them read, sharing and discussing books with them. Formal records of this can be made in reading record books. As pupils become more able, they are expected to keep their own simple reading record or diary. As an additional home learning resource, children can log in to Bug Club, which allows them to interactively read books at home and answer questions related to the text. This runs alongside, and supports, texts used in our guided reading sessions.