We place a high value on reading; it is taught across the curriculum and plays a large part in many lessons from researching evidence in history to reading word problems in maths.
Guided reading takes place within each class at least 3 times a week where the children work in small groups focussing on fluency and comprehension skills in line with the National Curriculum. Being in a small group enables the teacher to be directive, focussed and challenging.
We have heavily invested in the library and purchased new texts as well as book banding all books. This enables all children to independently select home reading books that are appropriate for them. The library is used at break and lunch for the children to read quietly in, and we have recruited library prefects who help children change their books and keep the library tidy. To further encourage a love of reading, we have introduced a lunchtime reading club where confident readers support younger readers in a relaxed environment. Also, when children reach 100 reads at home, they are rewarded with a £5 book token.
Lexia, which is an online reading and spelling programme, has been introduced for all children and time is allocated daily, either as part of early morning activities or as part of the guided reading carousel. This is monitored weekly to ensure that any users identified as ‘struggling’ get appropriate intervention.
Our teaching assistants have undergone reading inference training, precision teaching and Dyslexia Matters training to enable them to deliver reading interventions and guided reading effectively.
Finally, dedicated reading time is set aside each day to read a class novel, which has been specifically chosen to appeal to each year group. These range from classics to modern day literature so the children experience a breadth of texts.
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