Please click HERE to see our Reading policy.
Please note this policy is still to be ratified by our governing body.
Reading for Pleasure
Reading for pleasure opens up new worlds for children. It gives them the opportunity to use their imagination to explore new ideas, visit new places and meet new characters. Interestingly, reading for pleasure also improves children’s well-being and empathy. It helps them to understand their own identity, and gives them an insight into the world and the views of others.
Reading for Pleasure in EYFS and KS1
At Tilery Primary School we foster a love of reading from the earliest possible age starting with the children in our 2 year old provision. Through our reading and nursey rhyme spines, children are exposed to a diverse range of high quality texts with which children build a strong acquaintance. These books and rhymes are also shared with parents and carers via the class Seesaw App. Throughout school books are celebrated. Each class has an inviting reading corner with a diverse range of books, rhymes and poems as appropriate. Work that children have completed around a book is showcased on displays throughout school. In reception and KS1, children enjoy selecting a reading for pleasure book from their class library each week to be taken home and shared between the child and their parents or carers. In our 2 year old and nursery provision parents and carers are invited in to the nursery libraries to choose a book with their child. We strongly encourage a home school reading partnership and this is further celebrated when children are selected in assembly or their nursery setting to take home a reading bear each week. Parents are also invited into school each half term for sessions in their child’s class or nursery to work and play around a chosen book.
The core of our reading curriculum is the National Curriculum for England which is supported by Read, Write Inc. phonics. Read, Write Inc is a systematic, synthetic phonics scheme that is validated by the Department for Education to ensure that children are able to learn the phonics code required for them to become fluent, confident readers. For more information on Read, Write Inc in our school please click on the image below:
Reading for Pleasure in KS2
We want to build on a love of reading developed from Early Years and Key Stage 1 and further promote reading for both pleasure and purpose.
Staff promote a love of reading to the children through our reading spine books and we are in the process of creating reading areas across the school for children to use and enjoy. Staff encourage the children to read a wide variety of genres and children in all classes have access to a wide range of these.
Children in Key Stage 2 are taught to read using a variety of resources and strategies. We focus on a strategy each day, looking at the skills we need to support our reading comprehension. We use the same text throughout the week, to help build our fluency and expression. The children have a high focus on vocabulary, which supports both their reading and writing. We encourage children to build on their phonic knowledge and to build their fluency and expression by engaging in increasingly more challenging texts.
We use the Oxford Reading Scheme, which provides high quality, levelled reading books for all children. Pupils take these books home and read them across the week. Our aim is to inspire a love of reading, so children also take home a ‘reading for pleasure’ book.
Children who still need to access phonics, have the opportunity to do so in intervention groups taught by Read Write Inc trained staff.