We provide a reading curriculum that gives children an opportunity to enjoy and engage with books from a range of authors and genres.
We teach children to read easily, fluently and with good understanding; to develop appropriate reading skills such as inference, skimming and scanning and summarising. Children develop the habit of reading widely and often, for pleasure and information and this is timetabled daily. We aim for children to acquire a wide vocabulary from the books they read.
Reading is promoted throughout our curriculum which is based on high quality texts as well as celebrations such as World Book Day. We have a well-stocked school library and children have a weekly time-tabled session there.
Our classroom environments are designed with books clearly organised and readily available for children to select. We aim to have the best of children’s literature both classic, current, diverse, entertaining and challenging. We understand the importance of exposing our pupils to the very best stories and books. In our classrooms there is a culture of discussing, debating, enthusing and sharing what we are reading.
In EYFS, Reading is taught through the Reading early learning goal. Children have the opportunity to read through daily shared and guided reading sessions as well as participating in reading activities in the workshop areas both indoors and out.
From Year 1 to Year 6, Guided Reading lessons are provided where a different text is used each week. From this text, teachers prepare comprehension questions with a focus on key objectives. Using the VIPERS structure, each lesson focusses on a different comprehension skill: Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explaining, Retrieval and Sequencing.
Additionally, all classes are read to by their teacher, right up to year 6. This way, exposure to quality texts and the shared joy of exciting, engaging narratives is consistent throughout the whole school and the magic of a good story is shared by all.
We aim for our children to be equipped with the linguistic knowledge to read, write and speak fluently. By the end of their time with us, they will have been exposed to a wide variety of texts and genres and so will be able to express their opinion of the wider world. We want our children to have the confidence to use the range of vocabulary they have acquired from reading, not just in their writing but also to speak out and articulate their thoughts. The impact will be measured through children’s books, reading sessions, pupil voice, statutory tests and teacher assessment.