Reading is the main vehicle through which children will discover essential knowledge. Reading is the driving force behind our curriculum and promoted at every opportunity. At Rosherville, you will see reading to pupils, reading with pupils and reading by pupils.
Our reading curriculum strives to foster a lifelong love of reading. This curriculum is delivered through synthetic phonics, guided reading, home reading, reading across the curriculum, regular opportunities for independent reading and hearing quality texts read aloud every day. All of these are essential components as they offer the range of opportunities needed to develop fluent, enthusiastic and critical readers.
We build a language rich environment where we ensure all children have access to fiction, non-fiction, rhymes and poetry. Our teachers have an excellent knowledge of children’s literature and have carefully chosen high quality texts for our children to become familiar with and enjoy listening to and reading both at school, and at home with their families. These texts are intentionally chosen to support our curriculum themes of exploration, global responsibility, creativity, sense of self, comparison and service to develop pupils’ vocabulary, language comprehension and a love of reading.
We want to take every opportunity possible to enhance the cultural capital of our learners to equip them with the knowledge and experiences needed for society and the desire to aspire and achieve social mobility whatever their starting point. One way in which we promote cultural capital via reading is by providing and exposing our children to a range of texts, from different genres, that have been written by authors from a wide range of backgrounds to promote cultural and moral learning.
We understand the significance of parents and carers in supporting their children to develop both word reading and comprehension skills, so we endeavour to build a home-school partnership which enables parents and carers to have the confidence to support their children with reading at home.
We are determined that every pupil will learn to read, regardless of their social and economic circumstances, their ethnicity, the language spoken at home, special educational needs, or disabilities. We have uncompromising strategies for supporting, reinforcing, and accelerating the reading of individual children, particularly those who are falling behind.
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What opportunities do our children have to read at Rosherville?
In EYFS and Year 1 children need to be given regular opportunities to apply the phonics they have learned to reading fully decodable books. The phonic progression in these books must match the progression of Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised phonic programme. The teaching of Guided Reading is supported by the Little Wandle phonics Big Cat reading scheme. The children take part in reading practice sessions three times a week. Each
reading practice session needs to have a clear focus, so that the demands of the session do not overload the children’s working memory.
The reading practice sessions have been designed to focus on three key reading skills:
• prosody – reading with meaning, stress and intonation
• comprehension – understanding the text.
In Year 2 and KS2 we believe that guided reading should be an opportunity to teach and develop reading skills in greater depth; an opportunity for modelling, in depth questioning, ideally to include open questions, rich discussion and justifying and evidencing views and opinions. The teachers use our reading progression document to plan opportunities to develop all of these reading skills, ensuring that there is progression of reading skills across the school. Teachers select high quality texts that are matched to the reading levels of the children including fiction, non-fiction and poetry and use Literacy Shed + to support their planning. These texts are often chosen from the Rosherville Reading List or linked to the topic that the children are learning. If you would like to see which texts your children will be studying during their guided reading lessons please download the document below.
Reading For Pleasure
Our reading curriculum strives to foster a lifelong love of reading. Throughout the week every class has timetabled time for the children to ‘drop everything and read’. This is a time where the children can choose what they want to read and choose from a wide range of fiction, non-fiction books, poetry, magazines, newspapers and comics from their class reading corners. The children are given time for book talk where they can talk about what they have read with their peers and the rest of the class. This is also a time for teachers to listen to children read and for children to read and quiz on their AR books.
Being read aloud to is one of life’s simple pleasures.
At Rosherville every class from Reception to Year 6 enjoys daily story time where their class teacher shares high quality children’s literature with their class. We believe that daily story time encourages reading for pleasure as a lifelong habit. If you would like to see what texts your child will be enjoying in class this term please download our story time overview document. Every class enjoys poetry on a Wednesday and on Thursdays we have our Reading Cafe sessions where our families are invited into their children’s classes to enjoy story time.
The class teacher will decide when it is appropriate for the children to start using Accelerated Reader. A child needs to have some fluency in their reading as this programme does not help children learn to read – it consolidates their learning and promotes reading comprehension rather than decoding and word reading skills.
Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Children, with the support of their class teacher picks a book at their own level and reads it at their own pace. When finished, the children take a short quiz on the computer or IPAD. (Passing the quiz is an indication that the child understood what was read.) AR gives children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help the children set goals and direct ongoing reading practice. Children using AR choose their own books to read within their reading level, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them. Teachers help the children choose books at an appropriate readability level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that the children can pass the quiz and experience success. If a child does not do well on the quiz, the teacher may help them choose another book that is more appropriate or ask more probing questions as they read and before they take their next quiz. In most cases, children really enjoy taking the quizzes. Since they’re reading books at their reading and interest levels, they are likely to be successful. This is satisfying for most children. Best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace.
Supporting your child at home:
Little Wandle Phonics
Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home. There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:
A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.
A sharing book. Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.
Reading practice book
This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading. Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.
In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together. Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!
Children who read at least 20 minutes a day with a 90% comprehension rate on AR quizzes see the greatest gains. Therefore, your child should have at least 20 minutes set aside for reading during day.
- Encourage your child to read at home every day because they will get better at reading if they practice.
- Create a culture of reading in your household by reading with your child, having a collection of books at home, visiting your local library or bookshop regularly and by letting your child see you reading.
When reading with your child stop and ask them questions about the text to be sure your child is understanding what they have read.
Try to regularly discuss books that everyone in your family is reading or has read.
If you would like an opportunity to enjoy a story with your child, why not come to your child’s class reading cafe session?
Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Parent Guide
Year 2 & KS2 Guided Reading Text Whole School Overview Term 2
Story and Poetry Time Whole School Overview Term 2 2021
Rosherville Reading List 2021-2022
Class Reading Subscriptions 2021-2022
Accelerated Reader Parent Guide
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