Micklands Primary School

Micklands Primary School

Micklands Primary School

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Reading

At Micklands School we encourage a love of books and reading. We provide the children with opportunities to enjoy and share books with others.

Our whole school provides the pupils with a language rich environment enabling pupils to access reading of different types on a daily basis. Each classroom has an inviting reading area with a wide range of reading materials to support all reading abilities.

Teachers model reading strategies during shared reading sessions, whilst children have the opportunity to develop reading strategies and to discuss texts in detail during guided reading sessions. Independent reading provides time for assessment and 1-1 teaching. Daily discreet phonics lessons in FS and KS1 enable children to decode efficiently. This is continued into KS2 where necessary.

A range of reading schemes are used to support early readers as well as book banded books used for guided reading. Teaching assistants support reading activities to ensure that children have more frequent opportunities to read with adults.

We support children who find reading challenging, through Reading Recovery, Better Reading Partners (TAs), ABC to Read, Reading Buddies and by training parents who come in to help to be reading coaches.

As a school we have arranged exciting and rewarding activities in school to promote the pleasure and knowledge that can be gained from books, for example we have enjoyed a Roald Dahl day, celebrated world book day, had visits from published authors and performances by professional theatre groups to illustrate stories.

Children in the Foundation Stage classes take home a book from a range of schemes. In KS1 children take home a book from a reading scheme, usually ‘Big Cats’ or ‘Rockets’ schemes, or a levelled easy reader chapter book according to their ability. In addition to this children have the opportunity to choose a book from the class library. Each child has a reading folder and a home school reading record that teachers and parents can use to share information about a child’s reading. Parents are encouraged to read with their child daily.

Information is given on how to support their child in reading at curriculum workshops, parent evenings and also in curriculum letters.

In Key Stage 2 the school uses a graded reading programme, which consists of a core scheme with a wide range of supplementary reading material. Once children have reached the free reading stage, children can select books to take home, from well resourced, age-appropriate books in the classroom. Those children still learning to read have access to a series of books to help these children to continue to grow in confidence as readers with a text that appears appropriate for their age group.

We still encourage all readers to share a book at home with their grown-ups. We believe that this not only helps to develop inferential skills, but also supports a lifelong love of reading. Throughout the Key Stage children become more independent in recording what they have read in their reading journals.

We recognise the value of adults (both in school and at home) reading aloud to children, in order to improve their grasp of story language, enthuse them with a love of books and inspire them as writers.

Children are also encouraged to take part in the Library