At Clarendon Primary we recognise that reading is a multi-strategy approach to understanding the written word. It is not simply the decoding of black marks on the page but involves the ability to read with understanding a wide range of different texts, including fiction, non-fiction, real world texts such as labels, captions, lists and environmental print. Competence in reading is the key to independent learning and therefore the teaching of reading should be given a high priority by all staff. Success in reading has a direct effect on progress in all areas of the curriculum and is crucial in developing children’s self esteem, confidence and motivation. It is for this reason that we place a heavy emphasis on reading and have an allocated a daily dedicated slot to teaching children reading skills. Phonics is also taught in Key Stage One to aid with the sounding and blending of words. The scheme which is used is Letters and Sounds.
We use a range of books and older children will choose books from the library. During guided reading session we often use:
Jelly and Bean
Collins Big Cat
Co-operation and support from parents is paramount if a child is to become a successful and competent reader. At Clarendon Primary we strive to develop and encourage a strong partnership between home and school. We send reading books home regularly and to encourage parents and carers to contribute to their child’s reading development, welcoming comments in individual reading record book.
All children in KS1 and KS2 will be given:
A reading book at an appropriate level to take home, together with a reading record book. Children’s individual reading will be monitored by staff and supported by classroom assistants. Children will take their reading record books home everyday, a comment will be written in the reading record. Rewards may be given for regular reading at home. Reading should not be seen as just a ‘school activity’. Wider family involvement supports reading and ensures children have access to reading materials at home.
Hearing Books Read Aloud
This builds enthusiasm and enjoyment. It influences independent reading and tunes children in to book language. Teachers of all age groups should find time to read aloud to their class on a regular basis.
Classrooms and all school areas should provide a print rich environment. Reading displays should form a part of that environment – library corners, favourite books, book reviews, book of the week,