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English (Reading)

At Priory Rise, we know that being able to read is the gateway to a whole world of learning and is a passport to numerous adventures! There are many little ways to enlarge a child’s world and we believe a love of books is the best of all!

We want all children at Priory Rise to develop a life-long love of reading as well as develop all the skills and fluency that they need to achieve. The promotion of a love for reading across the school is developed through reading displays in classrooms, regular library visits, class stories/novels, reading events such as World Book Day celebrations, book fairs and other reading activities outside of the curriculum, as well as sharing reading at home.

By the time our pupils leave us at the end of Year 6, we want children to be able to read fluently, with confidence and passion, in any subject so that they are ready to move on and every chance of meeting their full potential as they enter Key Stage 3.

We approach the teaching of reading with enthusiasm, passion and a breadth of reading opportunities and text types, we do not want to miss any opportunity to spark a child’s interest! Teachers model reading for pleasure by reading aloud frequently to their classes, ensuring high quality texts are used and provide a good oral model to what a storyteller sounds like. They read a huge variety of written material with the children, fiction and non-fiction, stories, reports, diaries and poems .In addition, each year group has access to a ‘Class Book Box’ containing challenging and interesting novels for teachers to read to their classes, exposing children to language and classic stories which they may find too challenging to read independently.

We also introduce our children to a range of authors and genres in English lessons where often a book will ‘drive’ and link the other areas of the curriculum. We make explicit links between reading and writing. We read as a writer and we write for our reader.

Early reading skills are taught through the systematic use of phonics (Letters and Sounds). The children are taught grapheme (letter) and phoneme (sound) correspondence and the skills of blending and segmenting phonemes to help them decode words. This is done in a progressive and systematic way, with many opportunities to embed previous learning. They are also taught to use picture cues and contextual cues to help with reading unfamiliar words.

We recognise that word knowledge is vital in comprehending text and so, across the school, we focus on learning new words and their meaning in context. Language acquisition is vital to success as a reader, a writer and a learner. All our classrooms have vibrant word displays which grow throughout the year and form a trail of learning which can be used across the curriculum. All classrooms have an attractive and well-stocked reading corner for the children to spend some time of independent reading.

All children at Priory Rise participate in guided reading sessions. In these sessions, we use our reading Vipers and our ‘Hooked on Books’ reading lenses to respond to questions and analyse a text.

Parents are asked to be fully involved in a home-school reading system for all children, which requests that children read a book at the appropriate level for them, for at least ten minutes each day. Throughout the school we have colour banded books and also books that are both colour banded and linked to the phases of Letters and Sounds for those who are working on phases 1-6. Children are also provided with a book that matches their phonic understanding.  This means that a child will have books that are phonetically matched to their needs enabling them to thrive!