Reading at Stanton Road Primary
At Stanton Road Primary, our ultimate aim is for the children to become confident and independent readers who demonstrate high levels of enjoyment, understanding and comprehension, and for them to understand that reading is a life-long skill.
“We learn to read so that we can read to learn.”
We have a clear, consistent, whole school approach to reading. Competence in reading is the key to independent learning and is given the highest priority at Stanton Road Primary School, enabling the children to become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers. Success in reading has a direct effect upon progress in all other areas of the Curriculum and is crucial in developing our children’s self-confidence and motivation.
Reading is closely linked with writing – the two activities reinforce each other. Children become successful readers by using a range of strategies to get to the meaning of the text. At Stanton Road Primary School we believe that literate children should read with confidence, fluency, expression and clear understanding. In order to achieve this they need to be taught the full range of reading strategies, including:
- phonic knowledge (visual information
- grammatical knowledge (structural information)
- word recognition and graphic knowledge (visual information)
- contextual knowledge (Meaning)
During shared, guided and independent reading, teachers teach these skills and monitor pupils’ reading to allow them to:
- Develop an interest in words and their meanings, developing a varied and rich vocabulary.
- Read a range of genres in fiction and poetry
- Understand, use and are able to access information in a range of non-fiction texts.
- Use conventions of library organisation and ICT systems to access texts to locate information.
- Develop their own powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
- Discuss books with reference to author, illustrator, genre, theme and characters and express personal responses with increasing fluency and confidence.
- See the reading process being modelled by their teacher and participate in activities with the whole class, as a member of a smaller group or individually.
- Understand the sound and spelling system and use this to read and spell accurately
- Have a suitable technical vocabulary through which to understand and discuss their reading.
- Show an interest in books, read with enjoyment and evaluate to justify their preferences.
Read, Write Inc
In September 2012, the school introduced Read, Write Inc, which is a fully comprehensive programme which provides a whole school approach to the teaching of phonics and reading. Pupils are able to quickly learn phonic patterns, through regular review and they are taught to apply their phonic knowledge, alongside other reading strategies through the use of high quality reading books. RWI provides clear links between reading and writing, with grammar, punctuation and spelling being embedded within the programme. This programme is introduced in Foundation 2 and runs throughout Key Stage 1.
The Power of Reading
In January 2014, we introduced 'The Power of Reading', developed by the Centre of Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE). The aim is to provide high quality texts by significant authors and illustrators, which, in turn provide teachers with opportunities to deliver high quality teaching and learning experiences which promote and develop children’s speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
School Reading Scheme
The school uses Bug Club as its core reading scheme, which is supplemented using other schemes across the school in order to ensure a range of genres and literary styles are covered. Bug Club texts are used to support the delivery of guided reading, in which children read the same text together in small groups, as well as independent reading.
The school has bought into the online Bug Club programme, which enables pupils to access texts online. Staff allocate books within the appropriate band for each child and monitor their progress by logging onto the system. Pupils who do not have internet access at home are able to use laptops within school and take home paper copies of the 'virtual' books.
The school has developed a literary spine, whereby each phase has a stock of texts by significant authors or on specific themes, which teachers share with their classes as part of a class reading text. Pupils are able to access these through their class libraries.
Each class has its own reading area, which allows pupils to access a range of age-appropriate fiction and non-fiction texts. Books are rotated to maintain interest. Pupils have been involved in suggesting themes for their reading areas, which have been developed through a project with the English subject leader.
The school maintains good links with Bebington Library, both through organised class visits to learn about the layout of a public library and to attend story sessions and through visits from the head librarian who involves the children in library events and competitions.
Working in Partnership with Parents and Carers
The teaching of reading is greatly helped if there is strong communication and support between home and school. Reading workshops are held each year for parents who have children in Foundation Stage. The school also provides reading workshops for parents in KS1 and KS2 offering advice on the reading strategies used at the school and how parents and carers can best support their children at home. A Reading leaflet is available for those parents who cannot attend, with information on to help reading at home. A team of dedicated parent readers also support reading for children in Key Stage 1. Pupils in Key Stage 2 are supported with their reading through the school’s ongoing links with a local secondary school 'Successful Reading Partnership' programme.
The school takes part in regular promotional events designed to encourage the love of reading. These include competitions and whole school events around Book Week, World Book Day, holding annual Book Fairs and joint projects with other local schools and through our work with Bebington Library.
For further information on reading, including recommended reading lists for primary age ranges, visit: http://www.booktrust.org.uk/