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Heath Mount Primary School

'Together Everyone Achieves More'

Reading

Our Reading Curriculum:

Our vision:

Reading has the power to educate and motivate active change in the lives of our pupils. It has the power to unlock knowledge through mirrors that reflect our pupils and windows, which support our pupils in seeing the wider world.

Reading is our children exploring, discovering, and being transported to worlds filled with magic; to realms of dungeons, dragons, and mystical castles; to understanding how our world works through their ancestors. It’s our pupils discovering hidden histories and learning beyond their experiences.

We will inspire a lifelong passion for reading by exposing our pupils to a wide range of texts which mirror their experiences, cultures, and backgrounds. In addition, we will provide rich texts which provide a window into the wider world, ensuring our pupils are well prepared for achieving all-around excellence.

Our reading programme consists of ambitious, progressive, and well-sequenced lessons which model essential skills, nurturing fluent readers. Our pupils can tackle a range of questions to deepen their understanding. They can discuss complex vocabulary to clarify meaning and articulate their opinions with confidence.

We aim to close the gap in our pupils’ knowledge, providing them with the very best of opportunities to ensure they are well prepared for future success.

 

At Heath Mount Primary School, we are committed to setting high and aspirational goals to support and challenge all of our pupils to meet and go beyond the expectations of the national curriculum.

 

Early Reading - Word recognition

 Throughout EYFS and KS1, we teach word recognition through phonics using the Sounds-Write programme.

The programme is instructional, highly structured, and focused on teaching our pupils the skills to become fluent readers and spellers. These include segmenting, blending, and phoneme manipulation. The programme has a clear focus on also teaching pupils the high-frequency words that they need to become fluent readers and access wider texts to enrich their love of reading.

The programme starts immediately in EYFS and progresses to year 2. It is also used as a structured intervention to support pupils with special educational needs, catch up or those who are new to learning English. To find out more information about our phonics programme, including how you can support your child at home, visit: www.sounds-write.co.uk.

To complement the programme, we assign our pupils decodable books which help them practice the sounds that they are learning in their lessons. We read with all of our pupils in EYFS and KS1 daily to support them with this application. Pupils are encouraged to take the books home and practice further at home to develop independence and fluency over multiple reads. Our pupils also take home enrichment readers from our library, which they can enjoy with family members.

We assess and track our phonics to ensure pupils are learning the code required to become fluent readers by the end of KS1.

Early Reading - Language comprehension:

 Our early reading provision aims to develop comprehension alongside word recognition. We believe that it is extremely important for our pupils to understand the texts being read to them or that they are reading.

Our approach in EYFS and year 1 to this is shared reading. We share a range of class books from our rich reading spine. Pupils are encouraged to ask and answer simple questions to develop their understanding over time. We develop vocabulary through teaching vocabulary deliberately and explicitly to ensure our pupils understand words in context and can apply them to wider contexts.

 

We expect our pupils to develop a deeper understanding of reading in year 2 in preparation for life in KS2. Our pupils engage with a range of high-quality texts from our reading spine, which aims to mirror their experiences and provide a window into the wider world.

We teach through discussion, reading aloud, and thinking aloud to develop a shared understanding of the text. Pupils are encouraged to think about the text through a range of strategies, including questioning, activating their background knowledge, summarising, clarifying, and predicting. Pupils work with support and gradual release of responsibility to develop these strategies over time.

Pupils in year 2 start their Accelerated Reader journey, which supports them reading texts which are carefully selected to meet and challenge their reading ability. To learn more and to support your child at home, visit https://www.renaissance.com/2016/09/09/parents-guide-renaissance-accelerated-reader-360/.

 

All pupils have access to a range of e-books through our online reading platform Myon. Visit: https://www.myon.co.uk/login/ to support your child with wider reading.

 

Teachers and teaching assistants promote the love of reading by reading aloud and sharing a book, poem, or rhyme from our reading spine.

 

Reading is threaded throughout our curriculum to support wider reading, building background knowledge and understanding of Science, Geography, History, and SMSC.

 

Reading in KS2

 

Word Recognition

In KS2, we expect most of our pupils to be fluent readers and access a wider range of texts that become increasingly complex. However, we recognise that all of our pupils learn at different rates; therefore, we continue to support year 3 with embedding phonics and providing a catch-up programme where required to ensure they are provided with every opportunity to become fluent readers.

Our KS2 provision focuses on developing sight recognition of the statutory words, applying phonological awareness to unfamiliar words, and developing a knowledge of morphology and etymology.

We encourage fluency through prosody, accuracy, and automaticity. We model fluent reading to our pupils and provide them with the knowledge of how this can support them with language comprehension.

Fluency is tracked through teacher assessment and our star reader assessments to ensure pupils can read at a pace that supports them to focus on language comprehension rather than decoding.

We teach vocabulary explicitly through a range of strategies and focus on pupils developing their understanding and use of tiered vocabulary.

 

Language Comprehension

We teach through discussion, reading aloud, and thinking aloud to develop a shared understanding of the text. Pupils are encouraged to think about and annotate the text through a range of strategies, including questioning, activating their background knowledge, summarising, clarifying, and predicting. Pupils are supported with making inferences through combining the above strategies. This is further developed through looking at the text from the perspective of the author, where they can question the intent and choices.

Pupils work with support and gradual release of responsibility to develop these strategies over time.

Pupils are supported with answering a range of questions to demonstrate their understanding of the text.

 

Throughout KS2, pupils continue their Accelerated Reader journey, which supports reading texts carefully selected to meet and challenge their reading ability. To learn more and to support your child at home, visit https://www.renaissance.com/2016/09/09/parents-guide-renaissance-accelerated-reader-360/.

Pupils have access to a range of e-books through our Myon reading platform. Their class teachers set them homework to promote wider reading around the foundation subjects they are learning about. Visit Myon here: https://www.myon.co.uk/login/.

 

Teachers and teaching assistants promote the love of reading by reading aloud and sharing a book, text, or poem from our reading spine.

 

Reading is threaded throughout our curriculum to support wider reading, building background knowledge and understanding of Science, Geography, History, and SMSC.

 

What are the different books that my child brings home?

Pupils working on the phonics programme will take home an independent reader who focuses on the sound they are learning that week. This will help them practice and apply the sounds into reading. If your child is in EYFS and KS1, this is the book that you should help them practice. Don’t forget to sign their reading log.

Pupils who are fluent readers will receive an independent book from our reading scheme, Oxford Reading and Treetops. These books are read both in school with adults working through key teaching points and at home to apply the skills. Pupils are set homework through pre and post-reading. If your child is in years 3 – 6, encourage them to read these independently.

Pupils in years 2 – 6 will bring home an Accelerated Reader book. This is the book that you should help them practice at home. Don’t forget to sign their reading log.

All pupils receive enrichment books from our library; you can read this to enjoy the book together or as a family. These books are great for a bit of bedtime reading! Don’t forget to pop this into their reading log too!

All pupils have access to e-books through our online platform Myon. Please encourage your child to access these and read books they enjoy. There are a range of books, including stories, factual books, graphic novels, poetry, etc.

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