At Ravensbury we believe that Reading is the key that unlocks the rest of the Curriculum. If children are given opportunities to relate reading for pleasure to all areas of the Curriculum it will help them understand the relevance of subjects to the real world.
Our ultimate aim is that our pupils become individuals who not only can read but do read and that this love of reading remains with them for life.
We believe that active encouragement of reading for pleasure is a core part of every child’s entitlement, whatever their background or attainment. Therefore we promote an environment which stimulates, engages and motivates our children to read widely and often, ensuring we give them a real purpose to do so.
Teaching of Reading
We believe reading is a multi -strategy approach to getting at meaning. It is not simply the decoding of black marks on the page, but involves the ability to read, with understanding, a wide range of different types of text including fiction, non-fiction, real world texts such as labels, captions and lists, and print in the environment.
Competence in reading is the key to independent learning and therefore the teaching of Reading is given high priority by all Staff.
We teach our children to read with confidence, fluency and understanding. We want them to have an interest in both books and words and read for enjoyment.
We teach English lessons which allow children to make close links from reading into writing. We encourage the children to vary their reading. Reading as a reader and also reading for the purposes of writing.
We believe children learn best when teaching reflects four key aspects of highly effective learning ( F.A.C.E : Feedback, Autonomy, Challenge , Engagement ) ensuring children can reach their full potential.
In EYFS and Year 1
Children are taught guided reading twice a week in small groups – this includes a pre and post task activity linked primarily to the skills of decoding, retrieval and inference.
Children also receive 2 additional reading skills sessions on a weekly basis linked to skills in reading.
Children in year 1 record learning in reading journals and EYFS is evidenced in learning journeys.
In Years 2 to 6
Children are taught a daily reading lesson for 45mins every day. The text they read is linked to the Connected Curriculum to give their reading a real purpose and to allow them to make links. Children record learning in their reading journals.
Alongside the daily reading lesson children who are below ARE are given opportunities to continue to develop their decoding skills on texts at their own level, using a whole school scheme which runs from Nursery to Year 6.
To support and develop children’s reading skills both in school and at home children in Years 2 to 6 use Lexia Core 5 online reading programme. Children have individualised learning paths and are motivated by their own success within the programme. Children have the opportunity to practice and develop a range of reading strategies in a fun and interactive way. This programme supports and enhances our daily teaching of reading.
Built into our school day is the opportunity for children in the EYFS and KS1 to read a text suitable to their decoding level on a 1:1 basis. This is with either the teacher, TA or CSA. These books are then taken and shared at home.
Children learn best when there is a strong link between home and school. We believe in a strong home/school partnership where children are expected to read EVERY NIGHT and this is closely monitored and rewards give
Teaching of phonics
In EYFS and KS1
Children follow the DFE letters and sounds programme having daily lessons structured around the review, teach, practice and apply model.
At Ravensbury we modify the letters and sounds programme to link closely to the development and teaching of reading and writing.
This also closely links to our handwriting programme and the development of High frequency words.
High frequency and ‘tricky words’ are sent home and incorporated into our weekly spelling tests.
In lower KS2
Children who are not ARE in reading and writing also continue to receive structured phonics sessions 3 times a week.
Our Reading Environments
Around school, our displays celebrate a love of reading. Shared areas and classroom displays regularly show pupils work associated with key texts or authors.
Each class has its own selection of books containing a wide range of materials as well as a range of stories and poems.
The book corners are made cosy and inviting and often based on a class theme and carefully developed so they stimulate and engage children.
Our school library is used by all classes and is continually being developed to reflect the needs and preferences of our children. Our library can be used not only for fiction but as a reference for teaching and learning across our creative curriculum.
Reading is not only celebrated across our learning environments but takes high profile in assemblies. Rewards and prizes are given on a regular basis alongside our weekly certificates and personalised reading teddies.
We celebrate reading by taking part in National events such as Children’s Book week and World Book day.
We also invite authors and poets into school to bring the subject alive and to continue to promote the want to read.
The school also has a reading buddy scheme where children from Ks2 get to share their skills with children in EYFS and KS1.