To teach the skills of reading to enable children to become confident, fluent readers who use reading as a tool to explore the wider world and further their own learning journey. We also aim to build a life long love of literature so that throughout their lives children can use the literary world as a means of escapism, relaxation and pure enjoyment.
National Curriculum Aims
Reading is an integral part of the English curriculum which has an overarching aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping children with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, both for pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
At Broomwood Primary School our reading curriculum is designed to meet the needs of our pupils ensuring our curriculum intentions are met. We do this through;
- Phonics - we have a clear and consistent approach to the teaching of phonics across the school. 'Letters and Sounds' is used to teach phase 1 phonics in the Early Years and then Read Write Inc (RWI) is used to teach letter sounds and reading across Reception and KS1. All Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children have a daily phonics session in ability groups. RWI phonics is assessed termly and children are re-grouped accordingly.
- Guided Reading in KS1 - We use our RWI phonics assessments to teach guided reading in a whole class approach. In KS1 they shall read books matched to their phonic ability. The whole class RWI approach to reading is used and the children read four times a week.
- Guided Reading in KS2 - Reading is taught as a whole class approach, reading the same text. This is done so that all children get to access high-quality texts linked to their topic. Reading is used as a tool to inform and inspire writing.
- Reciprocal Reading is the approach we use to teach reading across the school; Predict - Read - Clarify - Question - Summarise. Our aim is to bring the books to life and provide additional experiences to enable to children to fully access the texts, develop their vocabulary and provide them with the knowledge and experiences required to infer meaning and deepen their understanding.
- Cross-Curricular Reading is encouraged and children are given opportunities to do their own reading/research in their topic work allowing them to see the value of reading to learn and discover.
- Comprehension is a key skill and specific sessions are used to teach test style skills. This is taught separately to guided reading so as not to detract from the love of reading. One session each week, in KS2, is dedicated to this.
- Home Reading is a vital part of our curriculum and children are encouraged to read at home at least four times a week. Children are assessed within the school and take home books matched to their reading ability. Parental involvement is key and when possible they are invited in to share stories with their children. The majority of the books we send home published by Oxford University Press but the children get a good mix of books from the range of series' that they publish. Following a request from parents, homework has also been reduced to allow children more time for reading with their adults, whether that be their home reader or a book they are sharing together.
- Class Novels have been identified for each year group to ensure that during their time in school the children are able to enjoy a wide range of genres. There is a particular emphasis on the more classical texts as we want the children to hear books that they perhaps wouldn't normally choose themselves. Enjoying a class story is so important to us that it is timetabled in for every class in the school.
- Book Week - To inspire and motivate a love of reading, we hold an annual book week during the autumn term to introduce children to new authors; have reading competitions; provide opportunities to share favourite reads with friends and family and to immerse children in a fictional world.
- World Book Day - Each year we celebrate National World Book Day by dressing up as our favourite character from a book. This is a day to celebrate and share our favourite books and our general love of reading.
- Book Fair - To promote the love of reading we give the children opportunities to buy their own books so that they can start to build their own collection of favourite books at home. We hold a book fair at least once a year where we can sell the books for half the retail price.
- Library - The Broomwood library is a lovely calm place in school where children can go to read a book. It is run by some Year 6 librarians who try their best to promote different authors and recommend good reads for the younger children. Each year we involve the librarians, and the wider school, in selecting new books to ensure that we have reading material to suite everyone. Each class also has a book area where children can select books for reading in school.
- Assessment is a vital tool for establishing the progress the children are making and for identifying the next steps in learning. At Broomwood Primary we formally test the children, from Year 1 to Year 5, each term using the PIRA tests. These give us a standardised score which we can report to parents. However, this is only one part of the picture, we also use our professional judgment when working with the children to assess where they are up to and assign a Teacher Assessment grade each half term - this is done on an assessment system called Target Tracker.
The impact of our reading curriculum is that the majority of children, in our school, are able to;
- decode words quickly and effectively
- develop a greater understanding of the world around them
- use their knowledge of the world to infer meaning
- enjoy reading for pleasure
- use and understand a wider vocabulary
- find inspiration and ideas for writing
- improve the structure and organisation of their writing
Also, why not have a look at the Literacy Trust website, which has great ideas for encouraging children to read at home!
Love Reading is a fantastic website which has amazing book recommendations for children of all ages!
Book Trust has an amazing tool called 'Bookfinder' which helps you to look for books that suit your tastes and interests
Further Information about Reading
Reading in the Early Years
We strive for all children in the Early Years to develop a love of reading and as such we have regular book sharing sessions in small groups. The purpose of reading in a small group is to encourage children to be more vocal about what is being read and give them more confidence to join in. The group reading sessions include;
- Book selection – the children are involved in selecting which book to read from a bag of favourites.
- Book preparation – establishing what children know about the topic or if they have seen the book before. We give children the background knowledge to help put the book into context.
- Reading – we read to them, pause and let them join in any repeated phrases or rhymes, use a range of voices to help build excitement and we encourage/allow them to talk about each page as we go through the book. Once a book has become familiar to them we encourage them to help us to read it and point to the words.
- Book Talk – after reading we talk about favourite parts of the book, parts that made us laugh/sad/scared/happy/worried. We also talk about things we have done that are similar to what we have read.
- Follow up – following our reading session we like to send them off having a go at something linked to the book, this might be making something, role playing part of the story or looking for things. The idea is that the book inspires them in their play.
Guided Reading in Reception
This is a twenty minute session with a small group of similar ability children. The main focus of this session is decoding (using our phonics to read words). The main reading scheme that we use is Read Write Inc, but we also use Bug Books, PM story starters, poems, homemade books with patterned language and ‘real’ books that you might have on your bookshelf at home.
Guided Reading in Key Stage 1
Following on from the RWI phonics work in the morning, the children are taught to apply their skills in their reading during the afternoon. At 1.00 pm - 1.30 pm, each day, the children across Key Stage 1 are grouped according to ability and focus on reading and comprehension skills at their level. We follow the Read Write Inc (RWI) scheme and as such all children in the group read the same book with partner work being a very important component of the sessions. The children practice their sounds, blend them to read new words, build up their knowledge of tricky words and develop their comprehension skills. As all of the children work on the same book together the teacher is able to work effectively with children at each stage of their learning.
Within these sessions, we put a lot of emphasis on developing new vocabulary and scene-setting prior to reading. This contributes to their overall comprehension of the text and so they are able to discuss why things happened as they did and why characters may have responded in certain ways. The children are always encouraged to ask their own questions too.
Each term the children are assessed using the RWI assessment and the groups are revised, allowing children to continue to be taught at the correct level.
Once children have completed the RWI scheme they move on to format similar to that followed in Key Stage 2, ultimately less focus on decoding and a greater emphasis on comprehension. We don't follow a scheme for this but try to choose a variety of books to give the children a broader reading experience.
Additional Reading in Key Stage 1
Within literacy sessions, the children in KS1 read a range of specially selected books linked to their topics. They read these as a class using Predict - Read - Clarify - Question - Summarise. They also study the text as writers looking at ideas and structures that they can use within their writing along with lots of drama and creative work to bring the book alive and inspire them as writers.
Guided Reading in Key Stage 2
In KS2 we follow an approach whereby all children in the class are working on the same text but are able to access it in different ways. The books have been selected to give the children a broad reading experience across their time at Broomwood Primary with each one linking to the topics being covered. As in KS1, guided reading happens between 1.00 pm and 1.30 pm each day but these texts also provide a perfect stimulus for writing within literacy lessons.
For each text that we read with the children, we spend a couple of sessions on book preparation. This will focus on giving them the background knowledge to allow them to be able to understand the context of the book. This could be looking at topic-related words or giving them subject-specific information with regards to history, geography or science.
Guided reading is focused on the whole class, whereby all students take part in active discussions and reading about a shared text. This happens 4 days a week, with the last session more heavily focused on answering more structured comprehension questions. KAGAN plays a big part in our guided reading approach where children work together to create their own ideas, predictions, and thoughts about a text and share their knowledge together. This way we can ensure all children have an active part in their learning of reading and are always supported by the class teacher and/or teaching assistant.
The reading scheme we use for home reading is Oxford Reading Tree. We have a range of books from Stage 1 to Stage 16 which children are given to take home and share with parents and carers. These books are matched to their secure reading ability rather than the level the are being taught at or their age or year group.
Once children are confident, secure readers they can choose a book from the library as their home reader.
There are many resources and books to support reading on the Oxford Owl website:
Love of Reading
Developing a life long love of reading is really important to us at Broomwood and as such we make sure that we give children time to read for pleasure each week but that we also hold special events throughout the years such as Book Week and World Book Day.
We also have a fabulous library which is run by a group of Year 6 pupils.
KS2 Library – Lunchtime
You can come along between 12.45pm and 1.00pm on the day allocated to your year group.
- Monday – Year 3
- Tuesday – Year 4
- Wednesday – Year 5
- Thursday – Year 6
You can choose one book to take home and bring it back when you have finished it.
You don’t need to come every week, just when you want to get a new book.
You can take home either fiction or non-fiction books.
If you are on Free Readers, you can change your book between 8.45am and 9.00am or between 1.00pm and 1.30pm.