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At Aldersbrook we want to make sure that the teaching of reading focuses on developing the children’s skills in:

·         Word reading

·         Comprehension (both listening and reading)

It is essential that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils can read fluently, and with confidence, so that they are empowered for their future education and for life.

To ensure the children are skilled readers we:

1. Have a whole school systematic phonics programme

The school uses Letters and sounds. This breaks the words down into sounds and the children learn a new sound every day until they have developed a code for the 44 different sounds in English. As soon as children recognise sounds they use them to blend words and to start reading stories at their level. Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have a daily reading skills lesson with a focus on decoding and comprehension skills.

2. Send reading books home every day


Books for sharing are sent home for families to discuss and share stories to develop a love of reading.

In Reception –

Key word lists will be sent home and the children will be given new words as they show that they are secure with the previous ones. Children will be sent home with reading books as the teacher feels it is appropriate to do so.

In KS1-

Staged Books from Oxford Reading Tree go home every night. These books need to be recorded in a Reading Record and can be changed in school when the book is signed by a parent/carer. Children continue to take home Key Sight Words lists to learn. Some children are Free Readers and might choose a Stage 15/ 16 text (from the class) or may choose a chapter book which interests them.

In KS2-

KS2 books- when reading up to, and including, Stage 14 children choose from the staged books in the Oxford Reading Scheme- these books go home every day and children are expected to read at home. When they are beyond stage 14, children choose their books from the range in the classroom; they are Free Readers and might choose a Stage 15/ 16 text (from the class) or may choose a chapter book which interests them. Children do not change books unless they show that they have read and understood the current one. From year 3 onwards pupils take home their class reader every night.

Additional Reading Opportunities

1. Set targets for the children’s reading so that they know what they have to do to improve.

2. Teach comprehension every week so that the children work on skills to understand different types of text.

3. Clear Intervention procedures for those falling behind.

4. Make sure that children regularly share a class reader with their teacher through reading a class book together (one per fortnight in KS1 or one per term in KS2). These books are shared, discussed and may provide the stimulus for comprehension or writing sessions.

5. Have enticing book corners in all class rooms and a well-stocked library which encourage the children to read.

6. Local Community Library Visits

7. Daily Guided Reading

8. Have a book approach to the English curriculum, which really teaches children to appreciate and understand various texts. This includes knowing the author’s intention, understanding structure and increasing language and vocabulary and reading relates to writing.