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We also believe in immersing children in the joy of reading.
Each class has a class library with books that align with our reading strategy.
Years 2 to 6: The class libraries contain books which are on the Accelerated Reader system. The children have free choice of a number of books within their range. If a child choose a book outside of their range, we do not discourage this but we try to guide them to a more suitable text. This is to ensure that there is careful consideration given when finding the right balance between choosing a book that interests them and choosing a book that will ensure they can read successfully and confidently.
At Brickhill Primary School, we believe that reading is fundamental to unlocking many aspects of the curriculum and has the ability to empower our children to access the wider world around them. Reading can provide a breadth of learning and enjoyment and therefore we must support them in being able to access this. We do this by first ensuring the children have the phonic knowledge needed to decode and accurately read the words on the page (see the phonics section for more information on how we teach this). We then must provide children with more opportunities to become more fluent readers. Then, when they are able to independently access a text they are reading, will they be in the best position to comprehend what they have read.
To support the development of reading for progress, children in KS2 take part in whole class reading lessons which focus on developing the children’s understanding of vocabulary, retrieval, inference and finding evidence within a text. These include an opportunity to develop fluency with teacher modelling the text being read aloud on day one, with the children having opportunities throughout the rest of the week using a range of strategies such as ‘controlling the text’ or ‘echo reading’.
To further develop reading comprehension skills and also to give the teachers feedback in terms of the children’s reading, we use Accelerated Reader. This enables children to answer comprehension questions after reading each text and also provides some soft data for fluency development for years 2 to 5.
As part of the assessment cycle, each child will be assessed on their fluency at least twice a year and in Years 2 to 6, they will complete a reading assessment paper each term (Years 2 and 6 using previous SATs papers and Years 3, 4 and 5 using NFER papers). Year 1 introduce a reading assessment paper (NFER) in the summer term as well as using phonics screening check assessments to measure their children’s reading development.