First and foremost, we want all children at Woodvale to develop a life-long love of reading. We believe in the importance of exposing children to rich, adventurous vocabulary. Teachers are excellent reading role models who regularly read aloud a wide variety of texts including stories, reports, diaries and poems. This occurs throughout the curriculum and during our special ‘Shared Reading’ sessions in the afternoon. We are fortunate enough to have two new, fantastic library spaces – one in each Key Stage – for our children to select a wide range of books from to take home and read. Alongside this, we have summer and winter book fairs and a very special World Book Day event – one of the highlights of the year!
Pupils in the earliest stages of reading are taught through the ‘Letters and Sounds’ approach to help develop their phonetic awareness. Children are given a reading book and a reading record to support reading at home. Understanding and comprehension is taught and developed through the use of whole class texts and regular story time to help develop a love of reading is a feature across the entire school.
Key Stage 1
Guided reading lessons teach the skills from the Key Stage 1 Reading Domains (please see weblink below). They focus on the skill of vocabulary-building before unlocking the meaning of whole texts using comprehension, sequencing, inference and prediction. Children’s reading is assessed using our PM Benchmark programme. Children read books from their colour band before being regularly assessed to ensure they are always given access to appropriately challenging texts. Every time they read with an adult at school or at home, they earn their class a ‘Reading Mile’ – the weekly winners of which are announced during our Celebration Assembly.
Key Stage 2
Guided reading lessons teach the skills from the Key Stage 2 Reading Domains (please see weblink below). Like Key Stage 1, they focus initially on the skill of vocabulary-building before using skills such as summarising, comparing and appreciating the intentions of the writer. Children’s reading is assessed using our Accelerated Reader programme. Initially, they take part in an online ‘STAR Reading’ quiz which determines their level of book band – these quizzes are used throughout the year to assess and track reading progress. Pupils then read a book from their appropriate level before taking an online quiz about that book: this is designed to assess their comprehension of the text and inferential meanings within it. Year group winners, who have read the most words cumulatively through the year, are announced during our Celebration Assembly.
Key Stage 1 Reading Domains: https://primaryenglished.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/2015-GR-question-prompts_KS1-1.pdf
Key Stage 2 Reading Domains: https://primaryenglished.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/2015-GR-question-prompts_KS2.pdf