Our Reading Leader is Mrs Davies.
At Towngate Primary Academy, reading is at the core of many curriculum areas within school and children are presented with many opportunities to read throughout the day.
Reading is taught specifically through Read, Write, Inc across Early Years and Key Stage One and through daily Guided Reading teaching in Key Stage Two. Within Guided Reading, we use the Rigby Navigator books before pupils progress to reading novels by the end of Year 6. All children are given a reading book matched to their reading / phonic attainment. In Early Years pupils read the Ruth Miskin RWI books which are supplemented with the Oxford Reading Tree books once pupils have progressed through their phonics phases. In Key Stage Two, children choose books from schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Project X and TreeTops.
Reading is a high priority in our book-led English curriculum, where teachers plan weekly comprehension lessons to match the reading domains for each year group. Through teachers choice of high quality texts, we intend to develop a love of reading and allow children to recognise the pleasure they can get from reading, develop pupils’ imagination and perseverance to read at length for enjoyment.
With this, we aim to provide children with a well-rounded understanding that reading provides opportunities to discover new knowledge, revisit prior knowledge and understand more about what they learn across all subject matters.
Phonics follows the RWI programme, each lesson starts with a recap and review of previously learnt sounds and words. The new learning is introduced in small steps with teacher modelling pronunciation, blending for reading and segmenting for spelling. Children are guided through the whole session with opportunities to apply the learning independently. The programme follows a
plan that builds up children’s phonic knowledge in a sequential manner at a good pace so that children achieve age appropriate reading skills quickly.
Guided Reading lessons take place using a carousel approach: this allows small groups of children to read texts appropriate to their attainment with an adult, whilst also working independently on reading based tasks. Each session of group guided reading begins with a recap and review of previous learning: this includes revisiting previous vocabulary or summarising what has been read so far. Children unpick tricky vocabulary and discuss the author’s use of language throughout the sessions, listening to an adult modelling reading strategies and practicing with a partner and independently. Adults are listening for accuracy and fluency of the written word. Guided reading sessions focus on key content domain reading skills and strategies: the adult models these strategies throughout the lesson, providing an opportunity for pupils to use the skills independently to answer pre-prepared questions.
As part of the English curriculum in place, teachers teach a whole class comprehension lesson based upon the class novel across all classes. It is here that pupils practise and apply key reading skills taught within guided reading sessions.
Across school we hold a weekly ‘Pleasure for Reading’ session where children are able to read a book of their choice. Books are banded so children are able to read a book at their appropriate level or challenge themselves: children are able to access a range of books by different authors and genres in order to gain a good understanding of the books they enjoy and the reasons for their choices. Within this session, adults will share a story with children to promote a love for reading through reading aloud.
At the end of every day, pupils stop lessons at 3pm and are read to by an adult. Adults read a high quality pre-planned novel to the children every day, exposing children to language, content and texts they may otherwise refrain from reading.
Reading is at the core of our curriculum and children are provided the opportunities to become life-long readers and value the importance of reading in their every day lives. Through the innate approach to reading taken at Towngate Primary, children read wide and often which support them in their understanding of concepts across the curriculum. The vast majority of children enter Key Stage Two as an independent reader, ready to be exposed to a rich menu of books on offer. The environment is adorned with high quality texts in classrooms, on corridors and in the academy Wonderland themed library to raise excitement and prevalence of reading into all our children.
Pupil voice and monitoring by the curriculum leader measures children’s enjoyment and pleasure for reading. As a result of the reading provision on place, children have a developed ability to use their phonic knowledge at their stage of development to decode and blend successfully, leading to fluency and accuracy in their reading. Through the approach taken, children are developing their comprehension skills by revisiting skills through lessons, which enables them to know more, remember more and achieve well in reading in summative and National statutory assessments.