The National Curriculum for English 2014 states that “Reading widely and often opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious minds.”
At Moreton Say CE Primary we know that inspiring a love of reading in our pupils, so that they want and are able to read for pleasure as well as for information, is a vital ingredient for a successful, lifelong learner.
Children can choose reading material from class book corners, the communal bookshelves in the corridors and the school library, where books are levelled using a nationally recognised book banding system. Children have planned opportunities to read daily in dedicated reading time and also opportunities to read widely across curriculum subjects. Children read to a teacher at least once a week, either in a guided reading session or individually.
We use a number of published reading schemes in school, including Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star, to match children’s practice reading book with their phonic reading level. All these schemes support phonic decoding and are based on high frequency words. The contexts have been carefully chosen to appeal to the modern pupil and to appeal to boys as well as girls.
Children have opportunities to read a variety of texts in different genres across the school day and across all curriculum subjects. We subscribe to the school library service, which allows us to enhance our book collection with regular book swaps. This enables us to use new texts to support our topic work and keeps our fiction text up to date with new authors and book releases.
We encourage pupils to read at home regularly. This is vitally important in the early stages to support phonic development, but also later to check for meaning (comprehension). Many of the reading scheme books we send home with pupils have suggested comprehension questions for parents to use with their children.
We encourage good reading habits through our ‘Reading Rewards’ system. Children collect merits for reading at home regularly on a reading card. When they have filled their card, they are allowed to choose a book to keep from our book shop. Reading Reward books are awarded in celebration assemblies. The PTFA support us by helping to fund this initiative. Teachers ensure they are good role models for pupils and talk enthusiastically about their own reading as well as about current children’s authors.