At St Ann’s J & I School we are currently on a journey in developing the teaching of reading.
We use the model of ‘The Simple view of Reading’ and focus on the 2 distinct elements – word recognition and understanding texts.
We have considered each element involved in reading.
We aim to provide quality teaching of reading through daily guided reading sessions and also daily phonics sessions from FS – Y2. This continues for pupils in KS 2 where needed.
Early reading is delivered through a phonic approach, following the 'Letters and Sounds' phonic programme.
We have a school reading spine which includes a range of texts, authors, genres, and themes. This has been designed following research and has clear threads running through which reflect the school community, exposure to a rich and aspirational vocabulary within meaningful contexts. These texts are shared during story times, may be a key part of projects and also may be used as a focus for units within English.We have also linked texts to curriculum areas on our ‘Curriculum Breadth Map.’
We have looked at and considered how to improve reading fluency as part of Staff CPD regarding reading. We are now delivering the ‘Reading Fluency Project’ as an intervention (devised by Herts for learning).
Home Reading / Reading Café / Bug Club
Children throughout school are encouraged to read three times a week. In FS, KS1 and Years 3 & 4 there is a reading café which supports pupils selecting texts and recording their home reading.
To promote a love of reading – we have central reading areas which are regularly changed and have a theme. Classrooms each have a reading area which is the responsibility of the class – both pupils and adults. We hold termly reading events where the whole school participates and these involve non uniform days, competitions and cross phase story / reading sessions.
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