Reading at St.Joseph's

Reading Intent - 2020
Reading underpins all subjects and is an essential life skill.  Becoming a life long reader and reading for pleasure is of prime importance to us.  It is initially taught using the RWInc programme in the Foundation Stage and Year 1.  Intervention will be put in place for pupils with specific gaps in decoding and comprehension (see separate information).  We intend pupils to understand the language that they read and this is paramount to build on the strong phonological awareness that pupils will have from KS1.  The school fosters enjoyment of reading at every opportunity, using reading as a vehicle for enrichment and creativity, with a mix of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Reading Implementation - 2020
Comprehension - 2020
  • Class teachers will select age appropriate texts which support the ‘driver’ for the half-term.
  • These focus texts will become increasingly more complex from the beginning of the year to the end, as well as increasing complexity from year group to year group.
  • In all classes from Year 2 to Year 6 at 09:15am, Monday to Friday, reading comprehension strategies will be taught through whole class guided reading sessions.
  • Teachers will model specific reading strategies to the whole class and these are planned using the agreed interactive planning tool.
  • A focus for each whole class session will be selected from: retrieving, understanding vocabulary, summarising, predicting and inferring.
  • Written responses to a hierarchy of questions are recorded in the back of pupils’ English books.
Individual Reading - 2020
  • For children accessing the RWInc programme, a reading book which is correctly matched with their phonic ability, will be read independently in school, several times a week.  This book will be familiar to them and will foster fluency, comprehension and ensure independent reading success.
  • A reading book will be taken home, where parents and carers are encouraged to listen to their child read and ask questions about the book, to check comprehension. The book level is carefully aligned with the RWInc level which the child is currently working at.
  • School readers will be changed regularly – ie once the adult in the classroom has judged that a new book is required (has read well with parents and finished with an adult in class.)
  • Foundation Stage and KS1 books are changed at the end of the day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon.
  • In Y2, children continue with banded books until they join the ‘Accelerated Reader’ programme as their reading comprehension is above Oxford Reading Tree - Lime/Band 10
  • In KS2, at the beginning of each half-term, children’s comprehension will be assessed using the ‘Star Test,’ using the Accelerated Reader programme.
  • The children will then be allocated a range of reading books which are appropriate to their reading comprehension level. Children may then choose freely a book of their choice which falls within this range.
  • Reading will be recorded in the pupils’ reading record. Parents and carers are encouraged to listen to their child read and ask questions about the book, to check comprehension.
  • KS2 children are also encouraged and expected to read for pleasure regularly at home.
  • The school holds a parent reading workshop in the Autumn term and celebrates World Book day in the Spring term with engaging activities.
Teacher Reading - 2020
  • All Y1 to Y6 children will be read to every day for 15 minutes; KS2 at 12.00pm and KS1 at 1pm.
  • Class teachers will read aloud to their class from the text which has also been selected for guided reading to further immerse the children in the half-term topic.
  • Teachers are expected to model fluent reading with intonation, taking note of punctuation and including appropriate expression.
  • Key questions will be used to engage and challenge children, with a focus on exploring and understanding vocabulary definition and impact.
  • The school library is open to all children and regularly restocked using the Plymouth Schools Library Service.
  • Each teacher will supplement the library resources by ordering topic boxes for the class’ half-term topic
  • KS1 classes visit every two weeks and there is an opportunity to hear a story read by the librarian.
  • KS2 classes visit the Devonport Library at least once every half term to encourage independent visits.
  • Each Summer, the librarian visits our school to promote the ‘Summer Reading Challenge’ and we strongly recommend that children take part.
  • World book day is celebrated annually with engaging activities to celebrate our love of reading
Reading Impact - 2020
Attainment in phonics is measured by a rigorous assessment cycle at the end of each half-term, culminating in the ‘Phonics Screening Test at the end of Year 1.’ Progress in reading comprehension is measured using weekly data from Accelerated Reader and PIRA assessment at the end of each term. The statutory assessments at the end of Key Stage One and Two measures against the reading attainment of children nationally. We firmly believe that reading is the key to all learning and so the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the results of the statutory assessments. We give all children the opportunity to enter the magical worlds that books open up to them.