Reading at St.Joseph's
Reading Intent - 2019
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. Our school fosters this enjoyment at every opportunity. In all areas of reading there will be a generous mix of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Reading is initially taught using the RWInc program in the Foundation Stage and In Year 1, intervention will be put in place for pupils with specific gaps in decoding and comprehension. In KS2 a focus on language comprehension is paramount to build on the strong phonological awareness that pupils will have from KS1.
Reading Implementation - 2019
Reading comprehension is taught through whole class reading at 09:15am Tuesday to Friday and 09:3 on a Monday following whole school liturgy.
Teacher’s select the text using recommended reading lists for their year group, texts which fall in the Accelerated Reading range suggested for their year group or by ensuring that the lexile level closely matches their year group.
In Year 2 to Year 6 all children have a daily whole class reading session, guided by the teacher, where they are taught retrieval, vocabulary, summary, prediction and inference skills. Teachers model reading strategies to the whole class, and these are planned using the agreed interactive planning tool. The teacher plans carefully which children need differentiated access in order to make progress with their comprehension skills. Written, differentiated activities are based on the text and HMS Quest questioning skills, which are recorded in pupils’ English books.
On Friday an inference question, answered on a post-it note will form part of the assessment made by the teacher as to the child’s understanding of the text. Monday intervention will take place to ensure that the reading strategy taught that week can be utilised by the pupil.
Individual Reading - 2019
In the Foundation stage and KS1, each child has a school reading book which is banded according to their phonic ability. School reading books will be taken home and reading will be recorded in the pupils’ reading record. Parents and Carers are encouraged to listen to their child read and ask questions about their reading to check comprehension. Children should read with an adult at home, at least three times during the week. 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 scheme based on their 'Star Test' which shows their reading comprehension is above Oxford Reading Tree - White / Band 10. In KS1 books are changed on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.
In KS2, children will be assessed using the ‘Star Test’ at the beginning of each half-term using Accelerated reader. 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. School reading books will be taken home and reading will be recorded in the pupils’ reading record. Parents and Carers are encouraged to listen to their children read and/or ask questions about their reading to check comprehension
In KS2 reading success will be celebrated with a ‘100% Success for full marks in comprehension tests and a Millionaires Club when the total number of words read reaches a million!
The school holds a parent reading workshop in the Autumn term to explain how parents can support their child's individual reading and we celebrate World Book day in the Spring term to promote the love of reading.
Devonport Library - 2019
KS1 classes visit every two weeks and there is an opportunity to hear a story read by the librarian
KS2 classes visit at least once every half term to encourage independent visits and future membership.
Each Summer the Librarian visits our school to promote the Reading Challenge and we strongly recommend that children take part.