Reading and language comprehension is developed through a combination of modelled, shared, guided, individual and independent reading. In whole class and small group sessions teachers use a range of high quality texts and focused skill teaching. Children read high quality fiction and non-fiction texts as well as poetry. Where possible there are cross curricular links.
Reading lessons happen daily in every class. In EYFS and Year 1 they focus on developing the children’s word reading, fluency and vocabulary. Reading comprehension happens more informally through story time and shared texts as well as planned English lessons. From Year 2 through to Year 6 daily guided reading lessons develop and build on pupils' reading skills of decoding and comprehension.
Across our school we use the reading VIPERS. VIPERS is an acronym which highlights the key reading skills that form part of the reading curriculum. They are the key areas which we feel children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts.
Key Stage 1 VIPERS
All of the VIPERS for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are the same, apart from the S. In Key Stage 1 the S stands for Sequence
Key Stage 2 VIPERS
In Key Stage 2 the S stands for Summarise
All classes enjoy a daily class story. Younger children enjoy a range of picture books, progressing onto early chapter books, while longer texts are usually used in the older classes.
Our school library is a welcoming environment that children enjoy visiting on a weekly basis. There are a range of picture books, fiction and nonfiction texts as well as magazines and newspapers. School librarians, alongside parent volunteers, help to organise and maintain our library.
Every class has a reading scrapbook. Children volunteer to take their class scrapbook home on a Friday, and return it the following week. They choose to share a book they have enjoyed and would recommend to their peers.
Reading Leader - Mrs Rachel Smith
Reading Link Governor - Mrs Katie Moore
Part of the Languages team.