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We will develop children’s reading and writing through all subjects. Children will be taught to read fluently, understand both fiction and non-fiction and will be encouraged to read for pleasure. We provide library facilities and set expectations for reading at home. We teach English daily in Key Stage 1 following the English Curriculum, with opportunities for English in the Foundation Stage being incorporated into the child’s day according to the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Guided Reading

Guided reading is taught to small groups of children every day, ensuring that the class teacher hears every child read at least weekly. The class teacher works with a group of about 6 children to teach the decoding of words and the skills needed for fluent and expressive reading. As the children become fluent readers, the focus for these guided sessions moves towards improving comprehension skills. Texts are closely matched to the reading needs and level of the children through regular assessment.

During Reception and Key Stage 1 children will have opportunities to read to an adult on an individual basis also. Extra support for individual children is provided by volunteer readers. This is to help achieve regular reading with the children and help to improve reading skills, develop language and vocabulary and build confidence and self-esteem.

If you are interested in volunteering to listen to readers in school please contact Mrs Oke.

The Power of Reading

The Power of Reading is taught in English alongside the Primary English Framework and Cornerstones creative curriculum. Depending on the length of the text the class will focus on it for 2-6 weeks to ensure a deep immersion, understanding and enjoyment from every child. It focuses on high quality texts and creative approaches that hook children into reading, writing and speaking and listening. English will be taught using the text and the children will produce a range of work from book talk and discussion to drama and role-play and writing in different genres.

Reading at Home

Children will bring home a home-reading book that is closely matched to their reading ability and a booklet for parents to record how their child is doing with their reading to an adult at home. The booklets include useful lists of high frequency words and the phonics the children should be learning in that year at school. Children are encouraged to read at home for at least ten minutes every day and we will provide good quality, exciting texts in order to inspire a love of reading. If your child has completed the book band scheme, then they may select a text from within school or at home with you. Please join your local library and teach your child how to select books of interest to them.

Library Visits

Dorset Road children visit the local Mottingham library every few weeks to share and enjoy texts together. They borrow books to bring back to school and can continue to enjoy them until their next visit. The school also runs a weekly library scheme whereby children can choose and take home a book of their choice to enjoy sharing at home in order to foster a love of reading. This runs alongside and supports the home reading scheme where the text is closer matched to the children’s reading level.

Research shows a positive link between reading frequently and enjoyment and educational attainment. Reading for pleasure has positive emotional and social benefits, improves text comprehension and grammar skills and increases general knowledge.

At school we believe that teaching all children to be confident able readers is very important. Teachers have class texts and read to their class regularly. Books are on offer at every point of the day, including playtimes and lunchtimes. We hold a book fair each year, host visiting authors and celebrate World Book Day with a variety of fun activities to promote enjoyment in reading.

Every Child Reads in Class (ERIC)

We hold twice weekly ERIC sessions (which is an abbreviation for Every Child Reads In Class). Children can choose to read any text of their choice including newspapers, displays and magazines as well as books. We have a buddy system so that older and younger children can read and soak up the joys of reading together. Adults and children alike celebrate and enjoy reading for pleasure.