We Love Reading!
At Wath CofE Primary School, we provide a reading rich environment from Foundation 1 to Year 6. Children in all classes enjoy class novels read by the class teacher, guided reading and reading in other areas of the curriculum. This gives the children the opportunity to develop expression, extend their vocabulary whilst learning a variety of other reading skills. We also designate time for reading for pleasure so that children develop a love of books and discussing them. Most importantly, adults read their current books during this time and these are displayed on the class doors.
In Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, children develop their ability to read words and sentences using Letters and Sounds to support their phonic skills. At the end of Key Stage One and into Key Stage Two, children develop a deeper understanding of texts by enhancing their comprehension skills.
As well as reading quality texts to the children, we want to be able to signpost books that the children might like to read so they are expanding their range of interest and knowledge of authors they like. I do this through Headteacher Recommends where I give children from different year groups the chance to read books I have enjoyed. After they have read the book, they write a review in class which is displayed outside my office to inspire other children to read these books.
We have a weekly reading race which encourages children to build on the reading they do in school whilst they are at home. If they reading book banded books then these are linked to phonic phases so that the children can practise the sounds they have been taught. At the beginning of each week, the average reads for the previous week per class is calculated. The class with the highest average in KS1 and in KS2 get a reward. The classes with the highest average at the end of the term are allocated some money to buy books of their choice for their class reading area.
We are using recent research to support the development of reading fluency in our children. These techniques are being used in guided reading, shared reading, one-to-one reading, reading interventions and reading across the curriculum.