At Ravensthorpe CE (VC) Junior School we believe that reading is vital in order to help our pupils become good learners with increased knowledge and understanding in all areas of the curriculum. We also know that we are helping to develop well-rounded, independent thinkers who can use their reading skills in the next steps of their learning journeys and into adulthood.
How do we do this?
All of our pupils are taught to read with fluency, accuracy and expression. We provide phonics support to pupils when needed and teach decoding strategies. This ensures that our pupils are able to become independent readers, using their skills to foster their own learning and understanding.
Ensuring that our pupils are able to read age-related texts, we also teach them to understand what they are reading. We cover skills such as retrieval and inference; in addition, we have a strong emphasis on language skills and learning new words and phrases. These are taught and practised daily in whole-class reading lessons.
We use two Home Reading incentives to encourage our pupils to read outside of the classroom.
- In years 3 and 4, our pupils complete Home Reading Challenges. These can be done in conjunction with their reading and vary from baking buns (with character decorations) to creating a play for the characters they are reading about. Our pupils have even written letters to real-life authors (and received replies!).
- In years 5 and 6, we take part in the Accelerated Reader programme. Pupils are given a STAR test from which they are able to choose appropriately-levelled books. Pupils are encouraged to choose their own book to read; we teach them how to selects books which will interest them. Each day, pupils read for half an hour at school and also at home, finally taking a quiz to test their knowledge. Our eight classes enjoy competing with one another to see how many words they can read!
Our school is a reading school and, through these strategies, we hope to highlight not only the importance of reading but also the enjoyment which can be had.
How can you as parents help?
Listen to your child read! They will always bring home a book which is carefully chosen for challenge and enjoyment. Support them. If you would like more guidance on how to do this, please do not hesitate to ask your child’s teacher.
Read alongside your child. Being a positive role model is a fantastic way to show your child that reading can be fun.
Encourage them to read daily, even if they read articles on websites or newspapers and magazines. It all helps!
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