Reading

A love of Reading at Culcheth Community Primary School

Throughout our school from Foundation Stage to Year 6, our children are taught to develop a passion for reading.

Through modelled, shared and guided reading our children are encouraged to become the most confident and enthusiastic readers that they can be.

Reading in Key Stage 1

All of our children take part in a daily differentiated phonics session following the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme. From the very beginning of Foundation Stage the children are taught a variety of key skills to help them to become independent readers and to develop their comprehension skills. Alongside developing their ability to hear the phonemes (sounds) within words and to recognise the written graphemes (letter shapes) ,these Key Skills also include the ability to predict text using picture cues, building up a substantial sight vocabulary of ‘Tricky’ and ‘High Frequency’ words.

Reading at School and at Home

All children are given a ‘Home/School’ Reading Diary along with their reading books. These enable parents and teachers to communicate and comment upon their child’s progress and efforts with their independent reading. The diaries are signed regularly by both teachers and parents. At Culcheth Community Primary School we do not follow any one single reading scheme. We have an extensive number of schemes including both Fiction, Non-Fiction and phonic based books including Phonics Bug, Alphablocks, Oxford Reading Tree, and Song Birds to name but a few. We make every effort to tailor our home reading books to the needs and interests of the children and their books are changed regularly throughout the week.

Reading within each Classroom

The children’s reading levels, both Key Stage 1 and 2, are regularly assessed by the teaching staff using the ‘Benchmarking scheme’ and half termly PUMA reading assessment tests. All of our reading materials are book banded enabling us to find the appropriate level of challenge for the children. All children have small group Guided Reading sessions throughout the week with a member of staff leading and questioning the children throughout the session.

All teaching staff across the school are careful to demonstrate good practises in reading through regular Modelled and Shared Reading times during whole class or small group teaching.

Additional Support in Reading Across the school

We have specific reading materials to encourage reluctant readers and an interactive reading resource called ‘Lexia’ which target children work independently on both at school and at home. Some children receive additional 1-1 reading support on a weekly or daily basis depending upon their individual needs. Target children also receive additional support with developing their reading through ‘Reading Buddies’ (key stage 2 children) and ‘Reading Rangers’ (parent volunteers).

Reading at home in Key Stage 2

As within Key Stage 1, all children have Home School reading diaries to record parents, teachers and children’s comments. Reading at home is encouraged every night with those children who read at least three times a week receiving a star for their ‘Perfect Presentation’ chart. All reading books are also banded according to level with children being able to access a wide variety of ‘Free Reading’ books when they exceed those levels.

All classrooms across both key stages have colourful, attractive and well stocked room libraries for the children to access throughout the day.