Our Reading Plan

 1 | Reading for pleasure

This is developed through a daily read-aloud programme of great books and page-turners, as well as access to a wide range of titles, including comedy, comics and graphic novels. Time is devoted to daily 30 minutes personalised reading practice using Accelerated Reader.

2 | Reading teachers

Teachers at our school believe in the importance of reading, and many are avid readers themselves. They hold book clubs, work with authors, share quality texts among themselves. They know children’s books well, have a good understanding of how to teach reading and are skilled teachers. Through their enthusiasm for reading, they become the significant reader in the children’s lives.

3 | Reading leadership

In school, the leadership team drive the reading programme. Teaching is constantly updated and refined in the light of research and experience. SATs data is used to focus teaching. The school’s programme is non-negotiable, vigorously lead and supported by constant ongoing training. This is followed up with in-class support as well as monitoring. Reading is central to the culture of school.

4 | Phonics matters massively

Phonics is a high priority. Which is taught daily and vigorously throughout EYFS and KS1 through Red Write Inc. There are three keys aspects: phonics is applied to reading, it works from sound to print for spelling, and teachers check there is no gap between spelling and decoding. There is rapid intervention for anyone falling behind. This is accompanied by daily comprehension, using great picture books and ‘Big Books’.

5 | Vocabulary

Vocabulary is taught daily in English lessons and other subjects. It is taught through developing an interest in and love of words. Where do words come from; how do they work; how are they spelled; how are they used?

6 | Use quality texts

Agreed ‘reading spine’ that identifies the quality core books that will be studied. These include recommendations from Pie Corbett scholastic.co.uk/piecorbett/resources.

7 | Test familiarity

The staff all ‘sit’ the SATs papers and mark their answers using the mark scheme. Question types are used in the daily business of enjoying and interpreting books, with formal test preparation during the final weeks of each term.

8 | Daily direct teaching

Shared reading is used to teach the whole class; guided reading to teach different groups, and time is given to independent practice.

Teachers model being a reader by saying things such as, ‘The author is suggesting that…. I know this because the author states…’. They read line by line, slowing the text down so that children get into the habit of making links between sentences.

Oral comprehension explores open and focused questions, deepening understanding and appreciation. Pupils are not ‘guessing what is in the teacher’s head’. Children are invited to share their ideas: ‘what can we say about this?’. Children are used to building on an idea or challenging a thought. Lessons look more like a serious conversation in an adult book club. Good questions take us back into a text, to think deeply. Weak questions lead away from the text or have obvious answers. In many KS2 classes, pupils make notes, discussions are recorded by the TA on the flipchart and used as a basis for shared and independent writing.

Comprehension is developed through discussion but also supported by drama, map making, writing in-role and the arts. Broader reading enriches understanding and reading may be linked to relevant experiences, such as visiting a manor house when reading Tom’s Midnight Garden. This deepens understanding, helping children inhabit the text.

9 | Read daily in other subjects

Reading is also taught daily in other subjects; a paragraph about the current learning containing core vocabulary and subject specific sentence patterns is read and discussed, e.g. My hypothesis is….? This extra reading provides more teaching time and increases subject learning.

10 | Involve parents

As a school we are determined to get everyone reading, opening the gateway to a life of learning and pleasure, believing everyone can achieve. We encourage parents to attend reading workshops, join us for our ‘big read’ as part of our World Book Day celebrations.