Reading is taught in whole class sessions in Key Stage 2 (KS2 - Years 3-6). Within sessions teachers and children read aloud to develop fluency and stamina. There is a strong focus on developing children’s vocabulary throughout the teaching of reading. There is a weekly structure which teachers follow. Reading is taught in this way four times a week for 45 minutes. Teachers use the core text, linked to their termly topic to base their activities around, supplemented by shorter extracts from a range of texts.
In Year 2, a carousel approach is used for the teaching of reading. This happens four times a week for 25 minutes. This includes a focused guided reading group with the teacher; a follow-up comprehension activity and an independent comprehension activity related to the genre being taught through the writing cycle. One of the groups is reading for pleasure. In the Summer term, the whole class reading cycle used in KS2 is implemented in Year 2.
Through the Read Write Inc programme children in Year 1 and Reception read suitably challenging, phonetically decodable books 4 times per week and answer comprehension questions based on the text.
As well as teaching reading directly, we put effort into encouraging a love of reading for pleasure in our children. Children are given time each morning to read for pleasure. We have a very well sticked, accessible library, which children can use in the mornings, as well as during lunchtime and at the end of the day twice a week. We use the Reading Roadmap throughout Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) to enhance independent reading. This includes children developing their comprehension skills by completing two journal entries a week about the books they are reading.
To support early reading in Eearly Years and Key Stage 1, and for some of our KS2 children is still appropriate, we use a more structured reading scheme, in which children progress through book bands. Children, parents and teachers share weekly comments in a reading record book. Children are benchmarked at regular points to check their reading accuracy rate and comprehension, so that the books they take home are at just the right level for them and fit well with their phonics learning.