Reading is an integral part of the academy and teachers place reading at the heart of the curriculum. Children read for pleasure, for information and to expand their horizons across all subjects. There are planned opportunities for research across all subjects, as part of children’s independent enquiry. Great emphasis is placed on developing reading skills, especially in KS1. A systematic phonics scheme is in place (Letters and Sounds) and this ensures that all children are able to decode and encode sounds. Rigorous pupil progress systems are embedded to ensure that children not achieving in phonics/reading are identified early and focused support/interventions are put in place.
There is a phonics/reading ICT program in place , called Bug Club, which is used at the academy for phonics interventions and at home for parents to support children’s learning.
Parents are actively encouraged to promote reading at home. A sticker incentive scheme offers children who read regularly at home a free book to take home. Children in EYFS and KS1 can get on average 8 free books a year by reading daily with an adult. The academy also offers reading/phonic workshops for parents so they can more effectively support their child’s development. Reading at home also forms part of the termly report sent to parents.
Guided reading is very effective at improving children’s higher level reading skills. Guided reading is monitored regularly and Teachers and Teaching Assistants receive training throughout the year.
Through daily Guided reading and Shared reading children are taught reading strategies to enable them to become confident, independent and fluent readers who read for meaning.
The academy actively promotes a love of reading throughout the year. Literacy lessons are text led. Each term the classroom door decoration is determined by the book cover that they will be studying and cross-curricular links are planned based on this text. Children’s Literacy lessons incorporate Book week and Literacy heritage week as well as Science topics. The academy Library is used during lessons to support the children’s learning and there is a weekly lunchtime book club in the Library. Classes also visit the mobile Library that visits the academy each week.
From the moment children start at the academy the children in Early Years are immersed in language rich experiences in their learning environment so that they have a real love of stories and reading.
Well-targeted support ensures that pupils do not fall behind in their reading. As a result, attainment for reading is above the national average and pupils are enthusiastic and confident readers.
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