In EYFS and Key Stage 1 children follow the Read, Write Inc phonics scheme and have a daily reading focus in class. Their early reading skills are supported by books matched to their phonic phases.
In Key Stage 2, children have whole class reading sessions called ‘Active Read’. During these sessions they look closely at a text and teachers plan lessons to encourage the children to be more ‘active’ in their discussions. The focus of each session is to improve key reading skills through looking at vocabulary, inference, retrieval skills, making predictions, explaining and summarising what they have read. To support reading out of school, we have a wide range of books available in our library so that by Key Stage 2 our children maintain a positive attitude to reading and can enjoy choosing books from the school library to support their reading for pleasure. Our reading raffle draw encourages children to read frequently at home.
We also ensure that there is daily reading aloud led by the class teacher in EYFS through to Year 6. Even in the year groups where pupils are confident in reading independently, we want them to experience whole books so that they meet books and authors that they might not choose to read themselves.
We also have a team of parent/carer reading volunteers assigned to each class so that every child is given the opportunity to read to an adult.