Reading

The National Curriculum for Reading aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • Develop the habit of  reading widely and often, for both pleasure and Information
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literacy heritage
  • Use discussion in order to learn and be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding  

‘Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know’.

DFE National Curriculum 2014

Our teachers at St Francis School are passionate about reading and the teaching of the skills necessary to make the ‘World of Books’ an enjoyable place to be!

From Year 2-6 a Guided Reading lesson is taught daily using only ‘quality’ books. The lesson lasts for approximately 45 minutes per session. Guided Reading focused sessions contain 5 elements which are covered in each teacher led session. Learning objectives for these sessions are taken from the National Curriculum programme of study in conjunction with the Southwark Tracking Assessment Resources document (STAR)  used by many Southwark schools. The children that are not reading with the teacher on a focused task, carry out a range of activities specifically designed to develop reading skills. These are: a follow up task, Reading for research, a pre-read task and Reading for pleasure. Children access all of this tasks once a week.

Reading Carousel

 

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Group 1

Pre – Read Task

 

Guided Reading

Follow up

Read for Pleasure

Read for Research

Group 2

Read for Research

Pre – Read Task

Guided Reading

 

Follow up

Read for Pleasure

Group 3

Read for Pleasure

Read for Research

Pre – Read Task

Guided Reading

 

Follow up

Group 4

Follow up

Read for Pleasure

Read for Research

Pre – Read Task

Guided Reading

 

Group 5

Guided Reading

Follow up

Read for Pleasure

Read for Research

Pre – Read Task

 

 

Key:

Read for Research: tasks that require the children to answer questions/ find out information from a range of texts often linked with other areas of the curriculum.

Read for Pleasure: a chance for children to develop their reflection skills and to make links with books that they have read, as well as a chance to record in their Reading Journals what have they being reading as a reader at our school.

Follow up: a task that consolidates/ develops the skills or knowledge which were the focus during the pupil’s teacher led session that week.

Pre – Read Task: a task given to the children to prepare them for the Guided session with the teacher the following week. This may include reading ahead, creating questions and recording what they might have known or found out.

A great emphasis at our school is placed on Reading and particularly the ways in which we can celebrate and share reading experiences with one another.

Reading Standards are tracked every term. Work is moderated to ensure that standards are consistently judged.

Here is a link to some phonic videos that you can use at home to support your child:

Phonics VideosPhonics Videos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First 300 WordsFirst 300 WordsStrategy CheckStrategy Check 

Early Years Reading

EYFS ReadingEYFS ReadingNursery RhymesNursey RhymesNursery Rhymes & SongsNursery Rhymes & Songs

KS1 Reading


High Frequency WordsHigh Frequency WordsHigh Frequency WordsHigh Frequency WordsNursery RhymesNursery Rhymes

KS2 Reading

High Frequency WordsHigh Frequency Words

Other Links

Teach your monster to readTeach your monster to read

To provide you with help and advice and some practical resources to support your children with reading at home: 

National Literacy TrustNational Literacy Trust

Reading Gallery 2017

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