At Blackheath Primary School, we have many opportunities to encourage children to read for pleasure;
- All curriculum topics are linked to a text which is used in English planning
- Children can access The Lounge (our school library) for a range of books during break and lunchtimes
- Children visit the school library weekly
- Reading for pleasure using a wide range of recommended and popular texts
- Visits to the theatre to engage children in reading
- Celebrating special reading days; world book day, Roald Dahl day etc
- Inspiring reading areas in all classrooms
- Competitions; Summer Reading Challenge
- Whole Class Shared Reading
- Guided Reading Sessions
- Reading Beyond words therapy
- Reading Rewards
- Reefs Retreat – Reading with parents
Our children have the opportunity to achieve reading rewards for regular reading all year round. By reading at home at least two times a week and an adult at home signing their reading log, children will collect a reading bubble on their Ocean themed bookmark. For every Ocean milestone achieved (typically one every half term), children will receive a special merit reward acknowledging their efforts.
Reader of the Week
One child per class is selected each week by their class teacher in recognition of their efforts in reading. This could be for in- class reading or reading at home. Children are presented with their certificates during our whole school celebration assembly on a Friday.
As an additional motivation, one child per class is chosen each term as the class star reader. These are children who go above and beyond in their efforts to improve their reading skills, such as reading regularly at home, trying hard during reading lessons to improve their reading skills and have a strong determination to achieve their very best. A very special reward is given to these children each term in acknowledgement of these efforts.
We use Bug Club as our independent home readers scheme. All pupils are encouraged to read at home regularly. Bug Club is a finely levelled, phonically based reading scheme, which ensures that each child can find a book at exactly the right level for them. Bug Club books are graded into colour-coded Book Band levels, and within each level there is a carefully planned progression of books. This progression gives children plenty of opportunity to develop their reading skills and master each step while moving through the reading programme. Each child has a personalised book allocated by the teacher and motivating rewards.
Whole Class Teaching of Reading
We use recommended age appropriate texts, reading vipers and Rising Stars Cracking Comprehension materials to support the delivery of our whole class reading curriculum. This includes a range of fiction and non-fiction texts with domain led questions to engage the children and develop a deeper understanding of the text they are reading. During these sessions, our children work collaboratively in pairs or groups to delve deeper into a text on skills such as exploring vocabulary in depth (etymology, morphology), explaining and discussing an author’s style of writing, predicting, summarising the text and making links with ideas and themes in texts. Through developing these skills, our children work towards a greater depth level in reading. All children, despite reading fluency levels share the same challenging text to help widen their vocabulary and text knowledge. Work is scaffolded for less fluent readers through modelling, support and careful questioning. Additional reading tasks are planned during our discrete reading lessons to ensure that the children receive the full breadth of the statutory reading curriculum.
Guided Reading KS1
We use Rigby Stars as our guided reading scheme to teach Guided Reading in KS1. The books include collection of fiction and non fiction engaging texts with specific objectives and reading assessment focuses. If you would like more information or ideas on how you can support reading at home, please get in touch with us. Children are assessed during Guided Reading sessions and during English lessons. We assess using our reading staged targets which are shared with parents during parent consultation meeting in the Autumn term. If you would like a copy of the staged targets, please click on the relevant stage;
To address gaps in reading fluency and comprehension, teachers carefully select an appropriately named intervention from an approved list to ensure that pupils make rapid progress where they are beginning to fall behind. If you are concerned that your child may be falling behind with their reading, please speak to your child’s class teacher.
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