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Reading at Stratford-sub-Castle Primary School is based around the core principles of:
  • Reading Independently 
  • Reading Aloud 
  • Book Talk 
  • Social Reading Environments 

Reading Independently 

Children are taught to read using Letters and Sounds (2007) phonic scheme. They are taught to decode following the correct progression, learning common exception sight words alongside. Children are heard read in school to practise their decoding so they are then fluent and can read their books at home. 

Children start on decodable books linked to the current sounds they are learning in phonics. They then move onto further colour-banded scheme books. These books support children to continue using their phonic skills while developing further comprehension and vocabulary skills. 

Once children have completed the reading scheme, they are considered ‘free readers’ and can choose from a range of books available in class libraries, and the main school library. Children have access to a range of genres and text types, including books from our Fiction Spine. The school library has fiction books organised by age groups to enabled children to choose suitable books for themselves as a ‘free reader’. Teachers are involved in the choosing process when needed, and promote their love of reading through recommendations. 

Reading Aloud 

Teachers read aloud to their class every day. This can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, topic related… anything at all! Pupil voice is used to recommend books read aloud, particularly in the lower school. 

Each class chooses an ‘Author of the Term’ and a range of books by this author are promoted and read aloud in the classroom. Children can then read these books for themselves during either Continuous Provision (EYFS & KS1), or Book Enjoyment Time (KS2) and these books may be borrowed. 

In KS2, whole class reads are chosen to be read aloud by teachers and pupils, and are used for furthering comprehension and vocabulary skills. 

Book Talk 

Book Talk is promoted through all our reading. When children are heard read by an adult, they are encouraged to discuss their likes and dislikes about a book. If children have read a book they like, they are encouraged to display it and in KS2, they might write a ‘recommendation’ next to a book so that others might then read it as well. 

Book Talk is encouraged through paired reading and discussion during Book Enjoyment times. Lower and upper school classes often mix for paired reading so they can discuss books and enjoy them together.  

Books are revisited so that children can recall what they have enjoyed and make links between different books they have read. 

Social Reading Environments 

As part of Continuous Provision, lower school classes have reading areas as well as baskets of books to promote reading through every area of learning. In upper school classes, class libraries are well stocked and sorted by genre. Displays are used to encourage book recommendations, favourite authors and topic books.