The Intent of our Reading Curriculum
To ensure that all children reach their full potential across the curriculum, we take a consistent and rigorous approach to the teaching of reading, starting with a phonics scheme beginning in the early years. We want all children to consider themselves a reader and be able to independently explore genres and texts. We want our children to read widely and often and take part in discussions about their favourite texts. Throughout their school careers, we want to provide children with exciting reading experiences to encourage a love of reading. When children reach Year 4, we want them to be able to read fluently and confidently whilst being able to consider what they have learnt from the text.
How we Implement our Curriculum
When the children begin school in Reception, they begin a systematic phonics programme called Read, Write Inc. In Reception and Key Stage One, children receive daily 15 minute sessions where they learn a new sound each day. While completing the Read, Write, Inc programme, children read books which are matched to their phonics knowledge. This allows them to apply their segmenting and blending skills and build fluency in their reading style as they read and re-read texts suited to their reading ability.
As children move on from phonics based texts, books are grouped into colour bands and focus more widely on reading comrehension skills. Teachers will decide when children are ready to begin, and when to move through this scheme. Children read these books with members of staff in school and they will also be sent home to be read with parents. Children are assessed regularly on their comprehension skills and will move through colour banded levels at their own learning pace. This levelled reading book in school is called 'My Book.'
In addition to their colour banded book, children also take home a library book of choice each week. This is to promote a love of reading and encourage children to read books for their own pleasure. This book of choice is from a wide range of text types in the class library and may sit outside of their reading stage. We encourage families to share these books together with children and support where necessary.
Once a week, the daily English lesson has pure reading focus. One area of VIPERS is explored in depth and referred to throughout the week. VIPERS covers Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explaination, Retrieval and Summary, ensuring pupils are taught explicit reading comprehension skills and have an opportunity to apply these to their learning.
Above all else, we want our children to enjoy reading and have the confidence to read independently, exploring a range of genres and authors. All children have access to a library within school, whether this be in the classroom or in a shared area. We have designed these spaces carefully to ensure they are inviting for all children. Across the curriculum, teachers carefully choose high quality texts linked to their topics. Children are able to study these in depth and are encouraged to read around the subject.
Within the last year, we have offered additional activities to promote reading enjoyment:
- Live book workshop with author
World Book Day – dressing up as book characters and taking part in book day themed activities.
Reading challenges both in school and at home. The feedback from the last challenge was very positive from both parents and children.
Teachers have visited different classes to read their favourite texts.
- Daily storytime
The Impact of our Curriculum
We want to instill a love of reading in all children. By using engaging texts in English lessons and in learning across the curriculum, children are exposed to a range of genres and styles. By creating reading rich environments and celebrations across the school year, we want children to see that we are all readers and it is a skill we all need to learn.
As a result of this ethos and a rigorous approach to the teaching of reading, our children will:
Read widely and often across the curriculum and be able to extract information from different genres of text. Children will be able to apply their phonics knowledge to decode unknown words and by re-reading texts, will gradually build their fluency.
Reach their potential in all areas of the curriculum as they will be able to apply their reading skills to different subject areas.
Learn new pieces of vocabulary and gain creative ideas from fiction texts. After listening to inspiring stories, children will be able to transfer ideas into their own writing and be motivated to use higher level vocabulary.