At East Bergholt Primary School, we promote and value reading as an enjoyable activity and a life skill. Teachers plan for a range of comprehension strategies that allow pupils to engage with text in a variety of ways to suit different learning styles. We aim to develop an ethos in school where reading is for pleasure. There is not one set reading scheme, KS1 children have a selection of reading books based on phonic phases and all children have access to reading books based on their reading level and interest. We have a well stocked library.
In shared reading the teacher models the reading process to the whole class as an expert reader providing a high level of support. Teaching objectives are pre-planned and sessions are characterised by explicit teaching of specific reading strategies, oral response and collaboration. Texts are rich and challenging, beyond the current reading ability of the majority of the class.
In guided reading texts are chosen to match the ability of the group but still provide an element of challenge.
Guided reading provides a forum for pupils to demonstrate what they have learned about reading; the focus for the reading is concerned with extending strategies/objectives taught in shared reading.
Teachers plan for independent reading activities during sessions of Literacy teaching. Texts are selected so that pupils can access them without support. The focus for the reading is to provide practice and develop personal response to text. Some classes use 'whole class guided reading' to further enhance their vocabulary and access to high quality texts.
Many other opportunities are provided for pupils to practise and extend reading in other subjects. Pupils select texts under the guidance of the teacher for independent and home/school reading. Teachers monitor independent reading and discuss progress with individual pupils on a regular basis.
All teachers are responsible for providing a stimulating reading environment, promoting book ownership and recommending books to pupils. Classroom and central displays are language rich and special displays should promote authors and books.
Reading at home is regarded as an important part of reading development. Parents are encouraged to hear their children read regularly (at least 3 times a week) and respond to their child’s reading through Home-School Link Books.
All teachers are responsible for hearing children read at least once per week and TAs hear children read weekly where possible. This should ensure that all children are heard read by an adult at least twice per week although this may be more frequent depending on need.