At Blackheath Primary School, we have many opportunities to encourage children to read for pleasure;
- Rich, challenging class texts
- Children can access The Lounge (our school library) for a range of books during break and lunchtimes
- Mobile Lending Library for all classes
- Daily 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: Reefs bubble challenge; Summer Reading Challenge
- Whole Class Shared Reading
- Guided Reading Sessions in KS1
- Reefs Retreat – Reading with parents
- Reading Rewards
Our Reading Curriculum
We use a range of recommended age appropriate texts to support the delivery of our whole class reading curriculum. We ensure our children read deeply through the study of a class text (Chapter books in KS2) as well as widely through a range of fiction and non-fiction genres across the term.
During these sessions, we have a strong focus on developing and exploring vocabulary in depth (etymology, morphology), explaining and discussing an author’s style of writing, predicting and summarising skills and making links with ideas and themes across and within texts.
All children, despite reading fluency levels share the same challenging text to help widen their vocabulary and text based knowledge thus ensuring all readers have a full, reading enriched curriculum. Work is scaffolded for less fluent readers through modelling, adult support and careful questioning.
In order to develop our children’s early reading skills, our children take home a decodable reading book that contains sounds they have learnt at school to practise their blending and segmenting skills. We use reading schemes that follow the progression of the DfE ‘Letters and Sounds’ document as this is the phonetic based programme that we follow as a school.
In addition to this, when our children are secure at decoding and blending for reading, they will also take home an additional reading book which they call their ‘grapple book’. This is a colour banded book which is aligned with the sounds they are learning at school but may also contain some trickier words, such as common exception words, which an adult can help them to practise for fluency.
Once a child is beyond decoding, they continue on levelled books whilst also choosing their own library book to take home and read. Children are regularly assessed for their fluency and understanding by the adults in school to ensure they are on the appropriate book for their reading ability.
Guidance for each new book band is sent home as children develop their reading skills.
Guided Reading KS1
We use Rigby Stars as our guided reading scheme to teach Guided Reading in KS1 in small groups alongside whole class reading. The books include collections of fiction and non-fiction engaging texts with specific objectives and reading assessment focuses.
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.
To address gaps in reading fluency and comprehension, we use carefully selected named interventions 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, we encourage you to speak to your child’s class teacher.
Reading Recovery Curriculum
Due to the Covid-19 situation, we have amended and adapted our stage targets for 2020-2021. As a result of missed teaching, gaps have been identified and built into stage targets and planning for this academic year in order to enable children to catch up effectively.
We assess using our reading staged targets taken directly from the National curriculum for each year group which are shared with parents during parent consultation meeting in the Autumn term. If you would like a copy of our Reading Stage Targets for your child, please click on the relevant year group below.
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