We believe that all children need to leave primary school reading confidently and work hard to achieve this.
Children are expected to read their individual reading book at home regularly, whether that is to an adult (for developing readers) or independently (for fluent readers). Children are also heard read by teachers, teaching assistants and our Reading Ambassadors who volunteer their time. Children are encouraged to discuss and talk about their reading when reading at home.
In KS1 the children mainly use decodable reading schemes so that they can use their phonic knowledge to read using blending and segmenting as a primary approach. The children use books from a range of schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Floppy Phonics and Songbirds. We also use Rigby Star books, Rigby Rockets and Sunshine Spirals to supplement these. The books are organised into book bands and the children progress through these, moving on when they are ready. Older children select from ranges of books, choosing from a range of genres and styles.
Every child also takes part in focussed teaching sessions of reading in a small group with their teacher once a week. We call this guided reading. During these sessions reading and comprehension skills are developed through a range of activities including: individual and group reading; practising skills to tackle new and unknown words; searching texts for specific information, fact and ideas; and discussions about the text.