At The Canterbury Primary School we see reading as an integral part of the school curriculum that impacts on all learning.
We value the importance of being a confident reader and work hard to develop children’s reading skills. We want children to enjoy reading a wide range of different books and be able to talk about books and authors.
We teach reading from Foundation Stage to Year 6. This can be in the form of one-to-one reading with an adult, shared reading, guided reading sessions and independent reading.
In Foundation and Key Stage 1 we teach synthetic phonics using ‘Letters and sounds.’ Letters and Sounds’ supports children to learn to read quicker if they are taught letter sounds first and blend them together to form words.
We use Oxford Reading Tree books as well as other schemes to broaden children’s understanding, interest and enjoyment of reading.
In Key Stage 2, as their reading develops, children are encouraged to read from a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books.
We use published tests to assess reading three times a year and in alternate terms we assess pupils progress using the PM Benchmarking toolkit. Pupils who are unable to access published tests in KS2 will be assessed using the toolkit to support the teacher to develop a programme of support to enable greater progress.
Our Treasure Chest intervention room provides one-to-one targeted intervention support to pupils from Year 1 to Year 6. We have dedicated support staff and teachers to deliver the Better Reading and Reading Recovery programmes. This has enabled pupils to make sustained accelerated progress in reading.
All children are able to take books home to read with an adult, this shared learning will help children to practice their reading skills and develop a lifelong love of reading.
Our expectation is that parents will read with and share books with their child 3 times a week but encourage reading daily. Comments and thoughts are recorded by staff and parents in their reading diaries.
We hold regular reading challenges over the half term and summer holidays to encourage children to continue with their reading and to attend the local library.
We also open the school library for children to borrow books during the holidays if they are unable to travel to the nearest library.