Intent: At Stratford-sub-Castle Primary School it is our intention to implement and deliver the English national curriculum in an active and relevant way, which opens horizons and supports our vision for the whole curriculum. We believe that reading is a key tool for life. Through reading, we intend for pupils to have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. We intend to provide children with a range of high quality texts in order to make their learning interesting and relevant. We aim to foster a love of reading in all children so that by the time they leave Stratford-sub-Castle they are competent readers who can recommend books to their peers, have a thirst to read a range of genres, and participate in discussions about books, including evaluating an author’s use of language and the impact this can have on the reader.
Through teaching the National Curriculum we aim for all children to:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both 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.
Implementation: As a minimum, we seek to provide children with the knowledge, skills and understanding as outlined in the National Curriculum (2014). We implement this by providing the children in the lower school with daily phonics lessons following the synthetic phonics programme ‘Letters and Sounds’. Letters and Sounds is a method of learning letter sounds and blending them together to read and write words. As part of this, children participate in speaking, listening and spelling activities that are matched to their developing needs. The teachers draw upon observations and continuous assessment to ensure children are stretched and challenged and to identify children who may need additional support. Children work through the different phases, learning and developing their phonics sounds and knowledge.
Children are read to each day by their class teacher. This could be a book that the teacher recommends to the class, a recommendation from a child, a class novel or a picture book. All classes have frequent Guided Reading sessions which look different throughout the school. In the lower school, children partake in Picture of the Week, inferring and deducing facts from discussion around a picture chosen by the teacher. In the upper school each class has a Whole Class Reading novel and a Guided Reading workbook.
Each classroom has a reading area that is filled with books suitable for their reading age and relating to the class topic. This is a place for children who are free readers to choose their reading book from. Children have the opportunity to visit the school Library which has a range of fiction and non-fiction books available for them to borrow. We expect all children to read at home five times a week and record this in their reading record. Children who read five times a week consistently are rewarded with a reading certificate.
Reading Journey Booklet: The Reading Journey
Reading Challenge Booklets: