English - Reading

Reading at St. Paul's

At St Paul’s, we value reading as a key life skill which underpins every element of the curriculum. Therefore, we are dedicated in ensuring that by the time children leave St Paul’s, they are fluent, confident readers and speakers, which enables them to communicate effectively and coherently and be a fully participating member of society.

We understand that children need to be able to be rapid, fluent decoders in order to successfully comprehend texts. This is why from Early Years to Year Two, daily phonics sessions take place to embed the idea that the letters on the page represent the sounds in spoken words, and embed these letters and sounds until the children are fluent and do not hesitate when reading. To ensure complete coverage of these sounds, we follow the Letters and Sounds phonics programme, which is delivered through high quality daily teaching of phonics in 20-minute sessions. Staff are supported with their delivery of phonics through the LCP Planning Documents, which follows the Letters and Sounds scheme.

From Early Years through to Year Six, children have access to a range of high-quality texts. We are lucky enough to have a flourishing library, with a variety of genres to inspire children to read and share stories at home with their families. This range of texts also helps to develop pupils culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. These texts may be beyond a level at which they can read independently, but we encourage children to choose texts they can share at home, thus promoting reading for pleasure. Alongside this, children also take home a personal reading book which matches their phonics level. Once children have completed Lime Band, which is aimed at Greater Depth Year Two children/Year 3 children, they move onto Book Bands we have created as a school: Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire and Diamond. These books are aimed at KS2 children and are designed to progress in content as opposed to word-level, although they do increase in difficulty. KS2 children are encouraged to choose their own book, based on their own interests and own confidence in reading. This will inspire children to read independently and regularly. All children record these texts in their personal reading records, supporting home-school communication.

From Years Two-Year Six, children partake in daily guided reading sessions, typically lasting 45 minutes. Teachers follow a structured weekly plan to enable a broad range of decoding and comprehension skills are taught, developed and revisited throughout the week. The children are familiar with the skills stated in the content domains through the use of our Reading Gems, across KS1 and KS2. These skills are taught explicitly through a range of different texts, allowing children to explore a range of genres, authors and text styles.

Throughout the year, we aim to enrich children’s reading journeys through participating in a wide range of reading based events. World Book Day promotes discussion of children’s personal favourite texts and allows children to recommend texts to each other. This also allows children to see staff sharing their love of books. Each class also has a ‘Book Buzz Box.’ Each class has ten new books for their box. Teachers recommend books from the box to certain pupils in the hope it will inspire other children to want to read the same book. Books will be returned, and other pupils will want to read them, creating a ‘buzz’ around the books. Other events take place, such as author visits, sponsored reads and mystery texts.  It is our aim to keep these events fresh and exciting for our pupils.

Through the dedication of staff, range of resources and enthusiasm of pupils, it is our goal that children leave St Paul’s as competent readers, who can recommend texts to each other, have a passion for reading a range of genres and can draw upon their reading skills to become flourishing members of society.

Intent

At St Paul’s, we value reading as a key life skill which underpins every element of the curriculum. We know that proficiency in reading, writing and spoken language is key for pupils’ success in school.

We are dedicated to ensuring that by the time children leave St Paul’s, they are fluent, confident readers and speakers, who can communicate effectively and coherently.

We understand that children need to be able to be rapid, fluent decoders in order to successfully comprehend texts.

Our reading curriculum is designed to enrich children’s fluency, vocabulary and love of reading through book talk, building and sharing a love of stories, and accurate assessments.

We have high expectations of all of our pupils.  We aim to ensure that the percentage of pupils working at age related expectations and above age-related expectations within each year group will be at least in line with national averages. We strive to ensure that there will be no significant gaps in the progress of different groups of pupils.

Through the dedication of staff, range of resources and enthusiasm of pupils, it is our goal that children leave St Paul’s as competent readers, who can draw upon their reading skills to become flourishing members of society.

Implementation

We teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds phonics programme. From Early Years to Year Two, daily phonics sessions take place to embed the idea that the letters on the page represent the sounds in spoken words. Daily practice ensures these letters and sounds are embedded until the children are fluent readers without undue hesitation. Staff are supported with their delivery of phonics through the LCP Planning Documents, which follows the Letters and Sounds scheme.

From Year Two-Year Six, children participate in daily guided reading sessions, typically lasting 45 minutes. Teachers follow a structured weekly plan to ensure a broad range of decoding and comprehension skills are taught, developed and revisited throughout the week. The children are familiar with the skills stated in the content domains through the use of our Reading Gems, across KS1 and KS2. These skills are taught explicitly through a range of different texts, allowing children to explore a range of genres, authors and text styles. During these sessions, teachers’ model: fluent, engaging reading, strategies to read unfamiliar words and strategies for answering questions. The final layer of the week’s Guided Reading structure is called the ‘Cold Application’, which provides a chance for children to apply their knowledge learnt in the week on a new text.

Throughout the year, we enrich children’s reading journeys through participating in a wide range of reading based events. World Book Day promotes discussion of children’s personal favourite texts and allows children to recommend texts to each other. Each class also has a ‘Book Buzz Box’ which consists of ten new texts across a range of genres. Teachers recommend books from the box to pupils in the hope it will inspire other children to want to read the same book. Other events take place, such as author visits, sponsored reads, and mystery texts. It is our aim to keep these events fresh and exciting for our pupils.

Impact

Phonics is assessed regularly to ensure progress is being made and children at risk of falling behind are identified. This is through daily formative assessment and half-termly summative assessments. This ensures we maintain our high percentages of children who pass the phonics screening check at the end of Year 1.

Children in Years Two-Six use a tracker to monitor their progress in the Cold Application aspect of Guided Reading. Teachers can use this to provide personalised feedback, inform their planning and address misconceptions with the class. This helps children feel more confident and equipped in answering different styles of questions during termly assessments. This in turn helps maintain results which are at least in line with national average.

Children develop a love of reading at St Paul’s and understand the vital role it plays in their education. They learn to love reading and all the benefits it brings. Children can also use their reading skills to gain knowledge in wider subject areas and enhance their understanding.

 

 

 

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St Paul's Catholic Primary School

Miss M Flynn (Headteacher)
St Paul's Catholic Primary School
Turner Lane
Hyde
SK14 4AG, United Kingdom

Main Contact: Mrs L Clowrey (Office Manager)

Tel: 01613682934
admin@st-pauls-hyde.tameside.sch.uk