In EYFS the children are preparing for their reading readiness by being surrounded by vocabulary, ranging from learning to read their names to having every part of the classroom labelled.
We teach phonics and introduce the children to the first 100 High Frequency Words which are all on display around the classroom. When the children have learnt enough sounds and are able to blend some simple CVC words together they will then start taking the first stage of reading books home.
In Key Stage One children are provided daily taught phonics lessons. These lessons give children the opportunity to learn and practise the phonics that will support them with the building blocks for reading and writing.
In Years 2-6 children experience taught reading sessions, three times a week. The purpose of these sessions is:
- to expose the children to high quality texts;
- to enable them to reflect upon what they are reading;
- to improve their comprehension skills.
Each class will focus on a book/novel each half term and will, therefore, have read six books across the year through these ‘guided’ reading sessions. This means that when your child leaves Heamoor School at the end of Year 6 they will be familiar with thirty high quality books which they have read and understood.
Accelerated Reading is a reading programme which is being used for children in Key Stage 2. This programme enables teachers to easily monitor your child’s progress and ensures that the books that they are reading are appropriate for their level and ability. The AR programme works by following these steps:
- Your child chooses a book and reads it at their own pace.
- When the book has been read, they search for a quiz on the AR website.
- The quiz is taken in school.
- They choose a new book to read.
The children will, periodically, take ‘STAR tests’ in school to determine their AR reading level. The reading level they receive will determine which book level (BL) they read. (levels are colour coded).
There will be dedicated AR sessions in school, four times a week, for twenty-five minutes. During this time, your child will either be reading independently or taking a book quiz.
Our reward system used within the AR scheme is based upon ‘word counts.’ The AR computer programme calculates the number of words a child reads after each book is read and a quiz has been taken. The children will receive certificates when they reach reading ‘milestones’ and each class will hold a word count competition each half term. Whoever is leading the word count in each class at the end of each half term will receive a book of their choice.
The children in Key Stage 1 will follow our ‘Reading Karate’ scheme. The scheme works as follows:
- Parents record what their child has read in their reading diary which will then be checked at school and counted.
- Your child should be reading a minimum of 4 pages to count as one read
- Only one read will be counted per day
- Parents MUST sign each read in the reading diary for it to be counted as a read
- The children will be awarded with their bands and certificates on a Thursday during assembly. (Black bands and “Dan” badges will be presented on a Friday in “Celebration Assembly”)
When your child has achieved 15 reads they will need to show their reading diary to the class teacher/teaching assistant. When they have read a further 15 times they will need to show their reading diary to the class teacher/teaching assistant again. The white wristband will need to be brought back to school so that it can be swapped for a yellow one. This will continue until your child achieves their accomplished black wristband, which they are allowed to keep. They will then work towards achieving Shodan Eagle, Nidan Tiger and Sandan Dragon awards – the mark of a true Reading Karate Master!
In addition to the children’s individual reading achievements, we will be introducing a group reading challenge to provide a further incentive for the children to get reading. When all the children in a class reach the next reading band, there will be a class treat. This will be arranged by the class teacher and will only be given out or organised once every child in the class has reached the next band.