Developing reading across school is achieved through the use of high-quality texts and ensuring small steps to depth when teaching skills, particularly inference. As children begin their learning journeys they are exposed to a range of texts which tempt and entice them to begin their love of reading. They are explicitly taught the beginnings of learning to read, how to hold a book and when to turn the page. Combined with structured phonics sessions, they understand that the squiggles on the page relate to words and tell a story and begin to ask and answer questions based on what they have read. Reading sessions teach the skills of predicting, summarising, inferring, retrieving and understanding of vocabulary. These early skills are scaffolded heavily within EYFS and KS1 with the aim that as they progress through school children will be able to apply these skills independently and within small groups to deepen their knowledge of a text and demonstrate their understanding.
Reading is taught using a mixture of small group, whole class and 1:1 across school with a balanced approach between decoding and comprehension. Children are encouraged to ask questions based on what they have read for clarity of vocabulary and deepening their understanding. Teachers select age and stage related high quality texts which provide extensive opportunities to excite, challenge and engage the readers in their classrooms.
Children then have an opportunity to practice and explore what they have read in school at home through our use of home readers. In EYFS and KS1 children take home linked texts (banded books) supporting the development of their phonics learnt in school to encourage them to apply this at home and also have the choice to take home alternative reading for pleasure books. The aim of this is to guarantee the love of reading is instilled not only in our children but our wider community and families. As they move to KS2 they continue to take banded books home combined with reading for pleasure texts to maintain the love, pleasure and interest in reading.
- Children to read fluently and with good understanding.
- Children develop the habit of reading wildly and often for both pleasure and information.
- Children to acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading.
- Appreciate our rich and varied reading heritage.
- Children to express their understanding, opinions and explain their ideas clearly and confidently in group discussions.
- Children to infer, analyse and critique an author’s choice of words, images and phrases.
- Children to independently question, query and challenge what they have read.
- Children to read aloud with expression, intonation and passion.
- Children to have a wide range and knowledge of texts and authors and make links between these.