• We aim to enable our pupils to read confidently, fluently, accurately and with understanding.
• We aim to employ a full range of reading cues - phonic, graphic, syntactic, contextual - to monitor, correct and make sense of their own reading.
• We aim to foster an interest in words and their meanings and to gain an appreciation of books from a variety of genres.
• We aim to enable the children to find books interesting, to read with enjoyment and to evaluate and justify their preferences.
• We aim to develop a suitable technical vocabulary through which to understand and discuss their reading.
• We aim to develop reading skills in tandem with those of writing, so that they may function in society, as literate adults and readers for life.
• We aim to create reading opportunities across all areas of the curriculum, to make it more meaningful and relevant to the children.
Phonics and Reading Schemes
Oxford Reading Tree
We have a wide range of high quality books available to the children for both structured reading and free reading in class. The main reading scheme we use is Oxford Reading Tree, we have recently invested in a wider range of the scheme to include more challenging books as well as a wider range of fiction and non-fiction text types. This scheme is used throughout school, starting in Upper Foundation going right up to Year 6. Nusery access the reading scheme with picture only texts so children learn how stories are sequenced in books and retell stories through the pictures.
Alongside our main scheme we use Dandelion Launchers and Readers books, these are great for teaching the children the initial phonic sounds and then using them as part of a story to help develop their knowledge of story structure. Click here for more information.
Project X Guided Reading
The children take part in guided reading activites daily, we follow the scheme 'Project X' which combines small-group reading interventions and both supported and independent follow-up activites, including questions about the book and role play activites. This allows children to be taught in a way that is intended to be more focused on their specific needs, accelerating their progress.
Letters and Sounds- Phonics
In school we teach phonics using the 'Letters and Sounds' phonics scheme, this scheme aims to teach children the phonic skills and knowledge to develop their speaking, listening and reading skills enabling them to become fluent readers.
For more information on the strategies used when teaching reading please click on the link button below.
World Book Day 2017
As reading is such an important thing for the children to experience and undertake we had lots going on for World Book Day. A list of what happened in school are shown below.
Classroom doors were decorated linked to a story of the teacher’s choice.
Tuesday – Emma Barnes (children’s author) came into school. She did a whole school assembly about how she became an author/top tips for being an author, and she shared an extract from one of her books. Throughout the day she did writing workshops with KS2. After school she held a book sale.
Tuesday evening – KS1 held a poetry recital. Parents were invited to come and watch.
Thursday (World Book Day) - Children and staff dressed up as book characters.
Thursday (World Book Day) - A staff ‘shelfie’ competition took place – the children had to guess from a photo of a book shelf which staff member’s book shelf it was.
Thursday (World Book Day) – ‘Book swap’ – the children were encouraged to bring in a book from home which they could then swap on the day.
Thursday (World Book Day) – Teacher’s swapped classes to read another class a story.
Thursday (World Book Day) – After school KS1/UFS children were invited to ‘Fairy tales at 4’ and KS2 were invited to ‘Stories at 6’. The children came back to school in their pyjamas to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows and listen to a story.
MANY TREMENDOUS THINGS ARE IN STORE AND WONDERS AWAIT . . .
Roald Dahl Day at Dane Royd
We celebrated 100 years since the birth of the world’s number one storyteller. Children and staff were invited to dress up as a favourite Roald Dahl character, to invent their own Roald Dahl Character or to bring in a favourite Roald Dahl book.
Throughout the week we had lots of Roald Dahl themed learning activities as well as themed competitions.