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Foundation/Key Stage 1

Children read individually, in small groups and as a whole class. A variety of different genres 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.

Our reading scheme is colour banded and is made up of books from a variety of publishers to provide engaging and motivating reading experiences for our pupils. In the early stages the books are predominantly phonic based to allow for regular practising and application of these skills.

Key Stage 2

Through independent reading, shared reading in literacy lessons and cross-curricular sessions, guided reading groups and reading for pleasure, reading in Key Stage 2 develops and extends the skills acquired in Key Stage 1. The focus of reading steadily becomes ‘reading to learn’ rather than ‘learning to read’

Children explore a wide variety of genre, both fiction and non-fiction which allows them to access, input ideas and understand what they are reading. They are given opportunities to speculate on the tone and purpose of texts they explore as well as consider both the texts’ themes and audience.

In April 2016 we have started to roll out a new reading scheme within school to allow children more ownership over the books that they are reading. In Key Stage 2, books are divided up into “All, Most and Expert” sections in each year group. The children are familiar with this terminologoy from their lesson success criteria. The children are responsibile for choosing their own books from these sections depending on the level of challenge they are seeking. In lower Key Stage 2 classes there is an element of support with this procedure, whereas in upper Key Stage 2 the children are a lot more independent with their choices.