English and Reading
“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” Dr Seuss
Here at Ringway Primary School, we value reading at the heart of our curriculum. We understand the importance of children learning to read and foster the passion and enthusiasm of where literature can take us. Staff value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We also believe reading is key for academic success and ensure we provide pupils with the learning experiences they need in order to achieve this. Our curriculum is structured with the following:
- In Reception, we use ‘Songbirds’ reading books which link to the Read, Write, Inc phonics scheme taught in school. As children progress into Key Stage 1, they will be placed onto the ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ scheme books. Pupils will read 1:1 with an adult in school once a week and have their reading book changed.
- As pupils enter Key Stage 2, they will be moved onto ‘Free Readers’ which is a choice of book from the class library. Children who are not yet ‘free readers’, will continue to work through our school reading scheme – these are levelled books which match the children’s current reading age. We encourage family at home to read these books with their child. Key Stage 2 pupils who are on free readers will have the opportunity to change their book weekly, however since some novels are considerably longer, pupils are encouraged to keep their current book until they have finished reading it.
- Pupil’s reading at home will be recorded using Reading Challenge Records. These will be sent home every half-term and require pupils to take part in 10 minutes of reading each day with any book/magazine/poem/newspaper of their choice. Parents are required to sign records to confirm the reading that has occurred at home. At the end of each half-term – any completed reading challenge records will be collected and entered into a prize draw.
- Each classroom will have a selection of books which are directly linked with the class topic for that half-term. This offers opportunities for the children to apply their reading skills across the curriculum.
- Year 6 pupils take part in a ‘Secret Reader’ programme. Every Friday afternoon – a member of our year 6 class will choose a book they wish to read to the children in Reception or our Key Stage One classes.
- With the teaching of English through a novel, pupils are exposed to many opportunities for group reading in their daily lessons. In addition to this, we have one English lesson per week set aside focussing on developing reading comprehensions skills.