At Bosley St Mary’s our aim is for every child to become a fluent, confident and enthusiastic reader. We want to ensure children meet their age-related expectations and additionally we want children to develop a love for reading and encourage reading for pleasure on a regular basis.
Our curriculum is designed around the needs of the pupils in our school and there are a variety of approaches to enable the pupils to make good progress.
The aims of teaching reading in our school are to develop pupils who:
- show high levels of achievement and exhibit very positive attitudes towards reading;
- rapidly acquire a secure knowledge of letters and sounds and make sustained progress in learning to read fluently;
- read easily and fluently with good understanding across both fiction and non-fiction;
- acquire a wider vocabulary;
- participate in the teaching of phonics knowledge, skills and understanding in a systematic and enjoyable way;
- develop their reading in all subjects to support their acquisition of knowledge;
- develop a love of reading;
- read for pleasure both at home and school on a regular basis;
- through their reading develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spirutally;
- develop good comprehension drawing from their linguistic knowledge.
Our school follows the Read, Write Inc phonics program from Foundation Stage and throughout Key Stage One. All children complete a baseline assessment in phonics and are then grouped accordingly by their teachers. Phonics sessions take place daily and last for approximately 20 minutes. Children move to different classrooms and learning areas for phonics and all staff including TA’s are responsible for a group.
When planning teachers have access to handbooks and online resources. Where a TA leads a group a designated teacher will be responsible for the planning, preparation and assessment of that group.
Regular assessments are carried out by both teachers and TA’s and the groups are changed accordingly.
Reading and Assessment
When children first become readers they have access to our colour book banded system which starts with pink books right the way through to white books. This is assessed using benchmarking.
Every child will read with a teacher once during a week. This will happen during group, guided reading sessions. Children will be assigned to a guided reading group based on the book band that they are currently reading.
Reading for pleasure
During guided reading time, the children who are not reading will have the opportunity to read quietly for pleasure. They can read their current reading book or access a wide range of texts from the library, including magazines, newspapers and non-fiction texts.
10 minutes a day is also allocated in both classes for Author Time. During this time the class teacher or pupils read aloud to the class. The class author changes on a half-termly basis.
Reading in our school is progressive and planned to meet the needs of all children. Assessments are carried out regularly to ensure children are accessing books of the right level and are being challenged in their reading. At the same time we provide books to ensure that children read for pleasure and learn to love reading.
If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making expected or more than expected progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Phonics assessment;
- Phonics screening results;
- Book band colour – assessed using Benchmarking;
- Summative assessments each term;
- End of Key stage SATs results.