We Love Reading!
At Knop Law Primary School we teach children to become fluent, independent readers who enjoy books and reading. Reading is fundamental to effective learning and is at the core of everything we do as it enables children to access the wider curriculum and become successful learners.
Reading has the highest priority across school and there is a consistent approach to the teaching of reading from Reception through to the end of Year 6. This ensures that children leave our school with the skills that they need to be successful in the future. Children are encouraged to appreciate books, to read independently, to make good progress and to take immense pleasure in reading.
We aim to foster skills which will remain with the children for life and believe that this can be best achieved through reading widely and reading ambitiously.
Reading for Enjoyment
Developing a love of reading begins in Reception. Alongside regular phonic sessions children in EYFS and KS1 develop a love of reading by listening to a wide range of stories, poems, rhymes and non-fiction texts.
This is built upon in KS2 where children are exposed to increasingly complex texts from a wide range of authors and we have identified specific texts for each year group to inspire children. Children are read aloud to on a daily basis which gives children the opportunity to enjoy stories, poems and different texts purely for pleasure and enjoyment.
In all classes a reading area is set up with the interests and needs of the children in mind. Children work alongside staff to choose books to enhance reading areas. The children also have weekly library which gives them access to a wider variety of books and the sessions are planned to further develop a love of reading.
Early Reading in Reception
Learning to read is at the heart of the EYFS curriculum. Alongside daily phonic sessions children in EYFS are exposed to a language and book rich environment. Opportunities to share stories, poems and rhymes are built into the daily routines and the continuous provision is well organised to maximise opportunities for sharing books.
Floppy’s Phonics published by Oxford Reading Tree is our core scheme and has been chosen as it matches the Letters and Sounds phonic programme followed by school. This scheme ensures that there is systematic progression in the development of phonic knowledge and skills which is built upon across Key Stage 1. Children regularly read to adults both individually and in small guided reading groups.
Early Reading in Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2)
In Year 1 and Year 2, as well as the teaching of phonics, there continues to be a focus on reading for enjoyment with an additional focus on comprehension.
‘Guided Reading’ takes place in classes daily, where children will have an opportunity to read individually or in a small group with an adult. We use books linked to the phases that the children are working at in the Letters and Sounds programme.
We add to this stock of books regularly so that children can experience many different types of texts. Each group works at least once a week with the teacher and once a week with a teaching assistant.
Additional Support with Reading in Key Stage 1
Children needing further support access additional reading sessions following the “Code X” Oxford Reading Tree scheme in guided/individual sessions and the “ Heroes” Oxford Reading scheme is used for home reading. These schemes were carefully selected as they follow the Letters and Sounds programme and accurately match to Floppy’s Phonics scheme taught in EYFS and Y1. All staff have been trained in boosting individual readers which ensure all children are provided with the help they need to get off to a good start in reading.
Reading in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 - 6)
The vast majority of pupils are fluent readers as they enter KS2. Developing vocabulary and comprehension skills are at the core of our teaching to ensure that children have excellent reading skills that will enable them to confidently access the Key Stage 3 curriculum. Children progress from using books linked to the phases that the children are working at in the Letters and Sounds phonics programme to ‘banded’ books which are carefully graded and to quickly accelerate the level of challenge resulting in the majority of the children becoming free readers by the end of Y3. At this point children choose books from their class or school library and their choices are carefully monitored by staff to ensure that they are accessing age-appropriate challenging texts.
Daily, whole class guided reading begins in Y3 and continues throughout KS2 following the PIe Corbett reading spine book . This gives the children access to a wide range of high quality texts and where possible these are linked to cross curricular topics. This immerses the children in rich vocabulary and builds a greater understanding and knowledge of topics studied e.g. Friend or Foe linked to Second World War which explores the concepts of fairness and empathy
Through guided reading sessions, comprehension skills are systematically taught using a VIPERS model (vocabulary, infer, predict. explain, retrieve, sequence, summarise). This ensures that children develop a deeper understanding of the texts studied and develop skills that can be used across the curriculum.
Additional Support for Reading in Key Stage 2
The “Code X” guided reading and “Heroes” Oxford Reading Tree schemes continue to be used with children who need additional support. Children are heard read individually and in smaller guided reading groups and they may also access a range of more specialised support. As the children move through KS2 and are still encountering difficulties staff will work with the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator to develop a specialised programme of support which is tailored to the individual needs of each child.
We recognise the important contribution of families in helping children to read and therefore from Reception up to Y6 we expect families to read with their children on a daily basis and record this in the child’s home reading record book. There are also regular meetings and workshops for families to ensure that they know how to support children at home. The Bug Club online reading programme is also used to support and extend home reading.