Creating a love of reading in pupils is potentially one of the most powerful ways of improving academic standards in school. Our overall aim is to provide children with the appropriate skills and attitudes towards reading to ultimately inspire pupils by encouraging them to read for enjoyment. We want to ensure that every child has the opportunity to experience the delight and power of books and the written word, regardless of their first language, literacy skills, disability or culture.
Across the academy we enjoy daily Reading Circles, ensuring that all pupils to have access to high quality books in a classroom environment, sharing a love of reading. This time is also an opportunity to develop fluency and intonation through expressive, modelled reading and to deepen understanding of new vocabulary.
In Early Years we teach discrete phonics sessions daily using Letters and Sounds. Children are taught listening skills from Nursery and the skill of segmenting and blending orally and build on these skills and develop new phonic skills in Reception. They are given opportunities to apply these in the context of reading and writing. They are also taught how to handle books. They learn that all print carries meaning and begin to develop an understanding of story structure and characters through adults sharing and discussing books.
In Key Stage One we ensure systematic, daily, discrete teaching continues with opportunities to practise and apply in the context of reading, individual and guided reading and all areas of writing. We continue to use Letters and Sounds in Year 1 and begin to use ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ in Year 2.
In both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two we ensure that all children have access to a quality guided reading session on a daily basis. We use ‘real’ books with a focus on visual texts and chapter books, plus short films and animations, to motivate and excite pupils. A whole class book will be shared during ‘Reading Circles’ at the end of the school day; this may be a longer novel in upper Key Stage 2.
We see home-school links as a vital part of the reading process. We positively encourage parental involvement in the development of a child’s reading and the parents in EYFS and KS1 are invited to storytelling sessions (Reading Circles), which will model the skills of reading stories aloud.
All children developing fluency will be allocated a reading book via the ‘Bug Club’ website or a hard copy of a Collins Big Cat book. Children visit the library regularly and may choose to take their library book home.