How do we teach Reading?
Reading has a high profile at Bolshaw. It is the key to effective learning.
Children are encouraged to appreciate books, to read independently, to make good progress and to take immense pleasure in reading. We aim to foster skills which will remain with the children for life.
Bolshaw Primary School have an exciting, child-friendly system for teaching reading. We use Twinkl early phonics and reading synthetics phonics scheme to help children learn to read. Teachers and support staff deliver daily phonics sessions, reading actitives, whole class reading and 1:1 reading. During the range of reading activities children are challenged to engage with texts and explore their meaning through group discussion and drama activities. The children have opportunities to complete a range of activities throughout the week, all of which are specifically matched against reading objectives as well as the needs of the children. Interactive activities are often created by teachers to guide independent groups in focused exploration on a reading objective.
In KS2 our we use reading schemes (Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Collins Big Cat and Bug Club) which have been carefully selected to provide children with a love of reading as well as opportunities for reading interesting and engaging fiction and non-fiction texts. The scheme is ordered into precise ‘Book Bands’ These are monitored regularly so that children are constantly exposed to texts that are matched to their exact reading level.
In addition to this, children at Bolshaw Primary School are fostered with a life-long love of reading through many different inspirational, engaging activities, whether it be attending the local library to sign up for a library card, being inspired by visiting authors or taking part in buddy reading activities.
Below are the National Curriculum Key Learning Objectives for Year 1 to Year 6 in Reading.