To develop as effective readers, pupils should be taught to: -
We believe that reading is the most vital skill to be acquired in the early years at school. It is about enjoyment and making meaning; about reading for information and pleasure.
What does this look like at Holy Trinity?
Guided reading is used to develop comprehension skills. Once children have been assessed, the teacher can be confident that the texts that they read are instructional. As a result, the teacher can use guided sessions to focus on encouraging the children to read independently, so spending the time in the session on discussion of the text.
Within FS and KS1, children do two guided reading sessions a week.
Within KS2, children do one guided reading session a week.
At Holy Trinity, we see the value in individual reading, both supported and independent.
Opportunities are provided, in school, for independent reading and children are encouraged to visit the library, at least once a fortnight, to choose a book that they can read at home. For those children reading within the ‘banded books’, they are encouraged to choose a book within their particular band. Books above NC level 3c, are grouped according to age.
In FS and KS1, teachers keep a record of the books that individual children have read, either to a teacher, a TA or to a volunteer. We aim to ensure that all children should read to an adult, individually, twice a week (more frequently, if the child is struggling). Once readers have attained a sound degree of fluency and comprehension, they become ‘Free Readers’ and are awarded a certificate. At this point, children are given a reading record in which they can write details of the book that they are reading. They will no longer read individually, however, in KS1, they will continue to take part in two guided reading sessions a week.
Most children will be expected to work through the Oxford Reading Tree scheme as part of their individual reading, and Rigby books as part of their guided reading. However, a teacher and TA may feel that a child would benefit from a sideways move in reading material. This may be to work on a child’s decoding skills or to work on comprehension skills.
Every classroom has a wide range of reading material available for all children.
The school welcomes a number of volunteers who come to hear individual children read. This happens throughout the school –