Our approach to reading
At Hallgate, our aim is that children leave our school with a love of reading and the skills that they need to equip them for the next stage in their education. We believe that if we equip the children with the correct reading tools, they will be able to use them effectively within a literate world. We want them to have experience of a wide range of high quality texts that will excite them and engage their interest. We recognise that reading development is closely linked to that of writing; it is by drawing upon examples from a wide range of texts that pupils come to understand how writers write and are able to develop as writers themselves.
Foundation/Key Stage 1
In Foundation children learn to recognise sounds and then move onto learning letter sounds so that they can apply these to word building. We use Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics as the basis for our teaching of phonics. These are both recognised as synthetic phonic schemes. The children also learn common exception words by sight.
Children read on a regular basis on a 1:1 basis, in small groups and as a whole class. A variety of genres and texts are chosen at an appropriate level of ability for each group of children. As well as being able to read the text, children are encouraged to discuss the content of the book, and their opinions about people, places and events are sought. The more able readers will be asked about the varied themes of different texts.
In Foundation and Year 1, our core reading scheme is The Oxford Reading Tree. We supplement this with a huge variety of other high quality literature. Teachers use these resources when they feel it will result in even more progress.
Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2 children develop taught skills which they have learnt in Key Stage 1. This is developed throughout independent reading, whole class guided reading, shared reading during English lessons and reading for pleasure.
During guided reading and English sessions children explore a wide range of genres which allow them to understand what they are reading. Children are given opportunities to explore texts and discuss the purpose, themes and audience of texts.
Children complete an Accelerated Reader quiz when they have completed a book to ensure that they understand every book that they read.
Here at Hallgate Primary School, we believe that reading is extremely important. A great deal can be done at home to develop your child’s reading skills. Reading aloud to children can help them to enjoy stories they might struggle to read themselves. This helps reluctant readers by removing the pressure. You can try sharing the reading, so you read a page or paragraph each followed by a discussion of the text development, language and structure. Research shows that reading with your child is the single important thing you can do to help your child's education.
We have provided a range of approaches for each reading level that can be used to support and develop a child’s comprehensive understanding. We have put together a list of possible questions to help you with conversations about your child’s reading.