Reading

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At Kibblesworth Academy we love reading and we want all of our pupils to love it too. Children begin by learning to read and then progress on to reading to learn.

In EYFS and KS1, children focus on learning to read through the decoding of familiar and unfamiliar words. Underpinning the success of this is the understanding that children know that letters represent sounds. To facilitate this, daily discreet phonic sessions are taught in Reception and KS1 to ensure children know and are able to recognise sounds when reading; children then progress onto applying their phonic awareness to their spelling.

Once children are confident readers, they progress onto ‘reading to learn’. This is done through focussed guided reading and comprehension sessions.
 
 
Guided Reading
 
In KS1, children carry out at least one small group guided reading session per week. The Rigby Star reading scheme is used to support children with their fluency and comprehension through answering questions from a range of fiction and non fiction short books.

In KS2, children carry out daily guided reading sessions which are based on the whole class text. Each week there is a focus objective (eg. prediction). Children complete progressive activities based on this objective to help embed the skill whilst building on their written answer techniques. The KS2 guided reading timetable is as follows:
  • Monday - Introduce skill being taught.
  • Tuesday - Look at 1 mark questions.
  • Wednesday - Look at what is needed in a 2 mark question.
  • Thursday -  How to answer a 3 mark question.
  • Friday - Class to complete a comprehension based on the objective.
 
Books and Reading at Home
 
Children are provided with whole books as soon as they begin to segment and blend. In Reception, children start with RWI ditties, before moving on to the RWI progressive story books. Once children are in KS1, they begin on the structured Oxford Reading Tree and progress through the stages by reading longer and increasingly challenging texts that cover a wide range of genres. When children have completed the scheme, they are considered a ‘free reader’ and are able to select a levelled book from the school library.

We encourage and expect children to read every night at home. To promote this, children in years 1-4 have a reading log where parents are expected to comment on their child’s reading every night. Teachers use this log to assist with their own assessment of a child’s reading successes and next steps as well as gauging the appropriateness of a child’s reading book.
In years 5 and 6, children are expected to record their reading in their journal which is checked and signed by their teacher and parents on a weekly basis.