Subject Statement of Intent – Reading
At Holy Rosary, Reading is one of the highest priorities because we believe that it is key to academic success in all subjects. It is at the heart of everything we do therefore we should be dedicating time to enabling our children to become fluent and confident readers. We also value the strong links that reading has to children’s mental health and well-being, as we are passionate at growing a love for reading in every child, where they can relax and get lost in a book.
We ensure that children are provided with the highest quality of teaching in Reading, to enable them to become lifelong readers by the end of their primary education.
At Holy Rosary, children will:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding.
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate
- engage in both fiction and non-fiction books.
Reading in KS1 and KS2
We employ a daily systematic approach to reading in KS1 and KS2 classes, to ensure the children are given the opportunity to predict, explore vocabulary, question and collaborate with their peers, before applying the skills that they have been taught independently. Teachers explicitly demonstrate reading using John Murray texts, related to the year group. This is an innovative and powerful strategy that engages all children and promotes vocabulary and comprehension skills.
A love of reading
We promote reading for pleasure as part of our curriculum, allowing the children to share their favourite books from home and providing children with the opportunity to read for pleasure, in class daily, at breakfast clubs and at lunchtime clubs. There are planned events and trips throughout the year including, world book day, visits to the library and Author days. By the time children leave Holy Rosary, our aim is to develop competent readers who can recommend books to their peers and who also have a love of reading.
What we teach across the school for
Word reading: Progression grid
What we teach across the school for
Reading comprehension: Progression grid
Teachers understand the impact of knowing where their children are, through termly and weekly assessments and use this to move to learning forward and bridge any gaps. They also understand where their children need to be, through a secure understanding of the year group expectations and/ or pre key stage expectations. The reading lead also has the opportunity to monitor reading weekly, ensuring quality teaching and learning is taking place.
All year groups identify the lowest 20% readers after every assessment week. These children then recieve extra support with their reading throughout the week on a one-to-one basis.
In Foundation stage, an EYFS Profile assessment is carried out in the final term of the year in which a child reaches age 5. This assesses the child in 7 different areas; communication and language, physical development, personal, social and emotional development, Literacy, Maths, understanding the world and arts and designs. In Year 1, the children will take part in a Phonics Screening Check in June with their class teacher. In Year 2 and Year 6, the children will take their SAT’s tests in Reading, Writing and Maths.
The children are assessed within their first 2 weeks of school and are grouped according to their phonics ability. The reading lead will then assess and re-group all the children every 6 weeks, to allow us to stretch and challenge all children, as well as identify any children who may benefit from one-to-one tutoring. We then use the assessments to make sure that children read from books with the sounds they know, whilst they are learning to read.
Holy Rosary School have a very exciting reading scheme called Bug Club. It is available for all children in Reception – Year 6. Below you will find key information about the scheme and how you can get involved. We hope that you and your child will love these books and enjoy reading them at home
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