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At Scotter School, we value reading as a key life skill. By the time children leave Scotter, our aim is for all children, regardless of background, to be able to read fluently and with confidence in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education.  We also aim to foster a love of reading where children choose to read.

 

More information can be found on our Reading Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement. 

 

How we teach Reading

We teach reading comprehension through daily reading lessons. We use Pearson's Bug Club from Year 2 to Year 6.  Year 1 complete reading practise sessions through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised. Further information can be found on the 'Phonics and Early Reading' tab.

 

In addition to our reading lessons, we also provide children with:

  • opportunities to read for pleasure
  • phonics in small groups or interventions
  • regular, open ended discussions about stories and books
  • opportunities to read and discuss a wide range of genres including poetry and non-fiction.

 

We also have a number of reading enrichment activities, including:

  • Visits from authors throughout the school year ( 2021 Andy Seed, Beth Walker)
  • Sponsored Reading Events (Autumn 2021) £2800 raised!
  • Celebrations for World Book Week
  • Visits to the local library
  • Book/Poetry class assemblies

 

We are also excited to be working with Chestnut Books this year. As part of our Pupil Premium funding and drive to support a love of reading, children are receiving a selection of books each half term.  Children have completed questionnaires in school which gathered information about their interests and favorite authors.

 

Ensuring reading for pleasure

‘Reading for pleasure is the single most important indicator of a child’s success.’ (OECD 2002)

‘The will influences the skill and vice versa.’ (OECD 2010)

 

We value reading for pleasure highly and work hard as a school to grow our Reading for Pleasure pedagogy.

 

  • We read to children every day in every class. We choose these books carefully as we want children to experience a wide range of books, including books that reflect the children at Scotter School and our local community as well as books that open windows into other worlds and cultures. Here at Scotter, we have a reading spine that outlines specific fiction books for every year group. Poetry and non-fiction books are also included in each reading area.
  • Every classroom has an inviting book corner that encourages a love for reading. We curate these books and talk about them to entice children to read a wide range of books.
  • Every class has a 'Reading Scrapbook' which encourages children to add reading entries of their favorite books. This is shared with the children and on Class Dojo pages.
  • We have a termly newsletter that is written by the Reading Leader which recommends non-fiction, fiction and poetry books. Copies of the newsletter are placed in classrooms and put onto Class Dojo.
  • Reception, children have access to the reading corner every day in their free flow time and the books are continually refreshed.
  • Children from Reception onwards have a home reading record. The parent/carer records comments to share with the adults in school and the adults will write in this on a regular basis to ensure communication between home and school.
  • As the children progress through the school, they are encouraged to write their own comments and keep a list of the books/authors that they have read.
  • Children take part in  weekly class assemblies where books are recommended to expose children to new genres and authors as well as sharing our favorite poetry.
  • The school libraries for KS1 and KS2 are made available for classes to use.
  • We have a team of 'Reading Ambassadors' from Year 5 and Year 6 who promote reading throughout the school. They also support children from Year 1 with their reading.
  • Children also take part in visits to our local library through the year.
  • Children across the school have regular opportunities to engage with a wide range of Reading for Pleasure events (book fairs, author visits and workshops, sponsored reads, national events etc).

 


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