At Flanderwell Primary School we believe in the importance of developing children’s discrete word-reading skills and comprehension, and the need to engender their love of books and reading. We recognise that the two elements are intertwined; each relies on the other if children are to become life-long readers.
Our Reading Curriculum
At Flanderwell we strongly believe that every child can learn to read with the right teaching and support. To teach children discrete word reading skills:
- All staff are highly trained at delivering the Read Write Inc. phonic program. Information for parents, relating to the programme, can be found by accessing the following link: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/
- Children are grouped by ability on the program so they learn rapidly at the right level.
- Initial and on-going assessment tracks every child’s progress regularly.
- Teachers refer to phonics learning in all aspects of the curriculum and children can access resources to support their reading and writing in every lesson.
- In literacy the teacher organises units of lessons around motivating books and texts. The texts might be a specific book, a play or poem, or a specific genre such as journalistic writing. A good-quality text provides opportunities for children to meet objectives drawn from across the National Curriculum for English. At Flanderwell whole class teaching and smaller guided reading opportunities provide opportunities for learning and reinforcing.
- Word reading- as children encounter unfamiliar words.
- Grammar and punctuation – through seeing them in context and considering how they are employed for effect.
- Comprehension – through listening to, reading and discussing challenging texts.
- Vocabulary and spelling – by encountering new language.
- Spoken language through participation in discussions about books, learning from both specific language modelled by the teacher and also that of their peers.
Involving families is an important part of our reading culture. Results of international reading studies have shown, children who are supported in their reading at home are more likely to enjoy reading and tend to achieve more highly at school. We want our children to read at home through choice. For this to happen, we engage with families to extend the culture of reading that the school has developed. Strategies include:
- At the beginning of the school day we invite parents in to school to read to their child.
- Some parents, grandparents and adult volunteers from the local community come in to school and listen to children read.
- We offer advice and printable materials on our school website, along with input from individual class teachers on open days and parent evenings. Visit our class pages for more information.
- Pupils designed our whole school racing track to motivate pupils to read regularly at home. Children are rewarded for reading regularly and are racing to achieve the ultimate recognition, the Governor’s Award!
- Parents and teachers communicate regularly in homework diaries.
- All pupils regularly take home a reading scheme book. Recently we invested in three new reading schemes, bug club, Rapid Read and Rigby star, children were involved in choosing these inspiring books to read at home.
Reading for Pleasure
Research shows that reading for pleasure has a positive impact on children’s attainment in reading assessments. Children who read for pleasure have enhanced levels of text comprehension, an increased knowledge of grammar and show improvement in their writing. They also have more positive attitudes towards reading than peers. The advantages of reading for pleasure go beyond academic achievement:
‘Other benefits include an increased breadth of vocabulary, pleasure in reading in later life, a better understanding of other cultures, better general knowledge and even ‘a greater insight into human nature’.
Reading for Pleasure: A research overview, National Literacy Trust, 2006
At Flanderwell Primary School we promote reading for pleasure:
- Every teacher is an advocate for reading, see our display of teachers’ favourite children books.
- Reading and books are at the centre of the curriculum.
- Every half term, each class studies a range of books from one author. Author boxes are displayed attractively in class reading areas. Click on the link to find out which authors your child will study this year: Author Study
- Throughout school, author displays created by the children promote a range of work by one author.
- Build time for all children to read independently, read aloud and be read to during the school day.
- Arrange annual visits to the local library, where the children have the opportunity to become members.
- Arrange visits from authors and poets.
- We celebrate World Book Day. Last year we all dressed as our favourite book characters.
Link to National Curriculum: