At Martin Primary School we see reading as an integral part of the school curriculum that impacts on all learning. We value the importance of being a confident reader and work hard to develop each child’s reading skills to their full potential. We want children to enjoy reading a wide range of different books and be able to talk about books and authors.
We believe that by developing children’s love of literature through widespread reading and having books read to them, we can significantly raise standards in writing. For each year group from Year 1 to Year 6 inclusive we have compiled a rich and varied list of books which we call ‘Our Literary Heritage’. Some of these books are studied in depth, whereas others are shared purely for pleasure.
We believe that older readers should also read and enjoy picture books, and that there is enormous value to be had from promoting visual literacy.
(Examples of two picture books used in upper Key Stage 2, as part of our ‘Literary Heritage’.)
We teach reading from Foundation Stage to Year 6. This can be in the form of one-to-one reading with an adult, shared reading, daily guided reading sessions and independent reading.
In Foundation and Key Stage 1 we teach synthetic phonics and use books and reading resources produced by Read Write Inc. to support this: please refer to our separate curriculum section on ‘Phonics’ for more details. The two main reading schemes we use are ‘The Oxford Reading Tree’ and ‘Rigby Stars’. However, we also use books from other reading schemes as well as ‘real books’ to foster each child’s developing reading skills.
In Key Stage 2, as their reading develops, children are encouraged to read from a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, including books from the ‘Bug Club’ programme.
Throughout their time at Martin Primary School, all children take books home to read as this enables children to practise their reading skills and to develop a lifelong love of reading. We believe it is important that children not only read at home but are also read to at home, in either English or their home language: we encourage all parents or carers to be involved in this process as part of our ‘Home/School’ learning partnership.
As well as teaching the skills necessary to become confident readers, we have our own school library full of exciting books, which all children have access to. We also subscribe to the School Library Service, which enables us to complement our existing reading material, so children have access to a wider range of topic books and up-to-date children’s literature.
Some children require extra support with their reading. We already have a long established ‘15 minutes a day’ reading support programme in Key Stage 1, which is delivered by teaching assistants and volunteer helpers. As from September 2015 we are introducing a new one-to-one intervention programme in Key Stage 2 called ‘Better Reading Support Partners’ (BRSP), which is designed to help children develop independent reading and comprehension skills and to build up reading fluency and stamina.
Below is a link to a website which gives information on reading in schools.
Reading for Pleasure Coffee Morning January 2017
Here is the presentation from our Reading for Pleasure Coffee Morning. Please also see the link below for an article regarding Dads and reading. http://takethequiz.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Dads-and-reading_Dan-Freedman.pdf