Reading is currently a key focus at our school, as success in reading unlocks success in all areas of the curriculum. We therefore strive to promote a love of reading across all year groups throughout the school.
The children have daily reading sessions which, as well as providing time to simply read, support the children in the acquisition of reading skills. This involves the teacher modelling a skill through use of a shared text. The children then apply this skill independently either to the same text or one matched more closely to their reading ability.
Here are some of the key reading skills taught in KS1 and KS2:
Read words with increasing speed using sound to grapheme correspondence
Read accurately by blending sounds in unfamiliar words
Read common exception words
Become familiar with key stories and story language
Develop pleasure in reading
Recall main points of a story in the correct sequence
Make inferences about what is being said and done
Retell familiar stories
Check the text makes sense while reading and correct inaccuracies accordingly
Make inferences supported by relevant evidence from the text
Considering the author’s use of language and how it effects the reader
Making predictions based on evidence from the text
Evaluating the effectiveness of layout features (particularly of non-fiction texts)
Summarising and pin-pointing the main idea
Retrieving information that can be found in the text
Reading out loud with fluency and expression
Make comparisons across texts
We place a great emphasis on reading for meaning and ensure that children develop a secure understanding of the contexts they encounter. After all, how can we expect children to delve deep into the emotions of characters if they have not yet had those experiences themselves?
This is achieved through plenty of talk, discussion and questioning as well as exploring new and unfamiliar vocabulary.