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Most of us read without even thinking about it. It’s a skill we take for granted, yet one that is essential for being able to get on in life. As a child grows up, being able to read well not only enables them to discover new facts and to learn at school, but also opens them up to a world of new ideas, stories and opportunities.
What is Reading?
At Cottesmore, we want to foster a lifelong love of reading by exposing our children to a variety of literature across all curriculum areas. We believe reading unlocks doors to magical worlds and introduces them to a wealth of people and creatures far beyond their own personal experience. Building up the children’s vocabulary gives them the word power they need to become successful speakers and writers as well as confident readers. Reading is a key life skill and we strive to embed a culture of reading into the core of what we do, providing opportunities for children to read both independently and aloud as well as allowing them the chance to discuss and recommend books they have read to their peers. Reading and quality literature is implicitly interwoven into our curriculum through the use of key texts to expose our children to various genres and famous authors and to enhance the variety of exciting topics that we teach. Alongside phonic understanding we teach the children to develop inference, deduction, explanation, and prediction skills so that they can gain a deeper understanding and enjoyment of the text.
Our ‘Whole Class Reading’ programme and the discussions that evolve during these sessions encourage the children to think as readers and to become more confident in articulating their opinions.
Why is it important to learn about reading?
Reading has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to read fluently and confidently are effectively disadvantaged.
What reading is taught at Cottesmore?
We teach children to develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding. We also teach them to understand both the books that they can already read accurately and fluently and those that they listen to. They participate in discussions about books, poems and other works that are read to them and those that they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say. They should be developing their understanding and enjoyment of stories, poetry, plays and non-fiction, and learning to read silently. They will learn to explain and discuss their understanding of books, poems and other material- both those that they listen to and those that they read for themselves - and learn to justify their views about what they have read.
How is reading taught at Cottesmore?
At Cottesmore we follow the ‘Read Write Inc’ phonics program, which gets the children off to a flying start with their reading, ENCOURAGING and NUTURING their phonic development. Phonics is taught daily in structured sessions in Reception, Year 1 and in Year 2 until children are solid enough in their skills to move on to guided reading sessions. The sessions are taught in differentiated groups to ensure that all learners make good progress in the knowledge and skills that they need. Sessions include daily partner reading of a phonetically decodable book suitable for the children's level. Phonics is assessed half termly to ensure that the groups are fluid and that progress is not limited. Children needing more support have 1.1 tutoring.
Whole Class Reading
At Cottesmore the children are taught reading skills through well-structured whole class reading sessions using high quality texts. Learning Intentions are based on VIPERS which is an anagram to aid the recall of the 6 reading domains as part of the reading curriculum. They are the key areas which we feel children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts. The 6 domains focus on the comprehension aspect of reading and is a method of ensuring that teachers ask, and students are familiar with, a range of questions.
They allow the teacher to track the type of questions asked and the children’s responses to these which enables targeted questioning afterwards. The reading VIPERS are taught in KS1 and KS2, the only difference being in KS1 the S= Sequence and in KS2 the S= Summarise.
High Quality Texts
High-quality texts are another powerful resource for vocabulary development, as ‘book language’ is often more erudite than daily talk. Cottesmore is a school that promotes and fosters a culture of reading for pleasure, giving children an enormous advantage in this area.
We provide the children with an environment that fosters a love of reading, offering every child the benefits associated with becoming a lifelong lover of books. Strategies to promote an ethos of reading for pleasure may include:
• Providing a well-stocked class library, allowing children access to a wide range of reading materials, such as picture books, poetry books, newspapers and magazines for children, information books, and ‘classic’ texts, both modern and traditional.
• Ensuring there is time, every day, for children to be read to and to read independently. This allows children to access books and language beyond their reading ability and to begin to internalise the ‘music’ of language, as well as enjoying the sheer pleasure of being immersed in a great story. Building in time to talk about the stories being read will also help to build a community of readers.
Through reading, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. We want the children to be immersed in reading in all curricular subjects, and confidently use a rich vocabulary to express their ideas. Reading enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.
We work hard to create a culture of reading for pleasure by offering reading opportunities throughout the day, hearing stories and having areas in the playground/field for reading and sharing stories. We have recently introduced a Reading Club, at lunchtime, for both Key Stage 1 and 2, for children to share and enjoy books with other enthusiasts.
World Book Day (05/03/20)