The Importance of Reading
At St Edward’s CE Primary School, we aim for all pupils to develop confidence and enjoyment in reading at both word-level and through a variety of rich and engaging comprehension-based questions and challenges. We are committed to ensuring that all children become independent and fluent readers during their time at our school.
We truly believe that by inspiring children to read, being read to on a daily basis by an adult in their class and by giving children opportunities to explore a range of rich and appropriately challenging texts through a variety of reading activities they will, in turn, succeed. They will succeed in reading accurately and fluently; responding critically to each text they read; and discussing texts with confidence.
Our structured approach to reading is carefully designed to ensure the best results for our children. Children begin their ‘book-reading journey’ with non-worded books, which encourage storytelling, discussion and develop questioning and prediction skills. Children are continuously assessed and as their segmenting and blending progresses, they are given activities to match their learning. These include picture/word match lacing cards, CVC word books, caption/picture matching cards and the early reading books from our extensive school scheme.
Once the children are decoding confidently, reading books are sent home from our wide range of book banded reading books. The sequence of reading books that the children access when reading at home and at school, are closely aligned to our phonics programme.
In subsequent year groups throughout the school, our children will continue developing their skills in reading at word-level by unpicking unfamiliar vocabulary. We also aim for our children to explore reading through independent reading, guided reading, and shared reading.
All staff at St Edward’s are committed in ensuring that all children in KS2 can read fluently and with good pace. Therefore, as well as encouraging our learners to choose a book that they can read for pleasure, it is imperative that they are also choosing a relevant book banded book that supports them in their own personal development of reading.
Children could not make the progress they do without support from home and we work closely with parents to ensure they understand how to pronounce the phonics correctly and have strategies to develop their child’s reading skills. Year group curriculum evenings help contribute to how early reading is taught. Videos of the correct pronunciation are uploaded on our website. ‘Phonics Play’ and ‘Teach your monster to read’ are a popular apps which children have access to both in school and at home.
We run termly reading challenges in each year group, not only to encourage our pupils to read a wide range of literature, but also to share and discuss these books at home.
Children enjoy taking part in the Shrewsbury Children's Bookfest each year. Author and storyteller visits are organised to further enhance fostering a love of books. A highlight of our year is World Book Day, when we celebrate our love of reading. The children particularly enjoyed participating in our 'Get Caught Reading' challenge this year.
All staff are involved in our pupils’ reading. Staff share and discuss their love of reading in class and assemblies. Even, Mabel, our school dog is involved in promoting reading. School dogs are known to help children with their reading skills, through their calming presence and ability to listen to children read without being judgemental or critical. Children can build their confidence to read aloud to others through having a school dog. Both Mabel and the children enjoy the opportunity to read together.