At Horton Kirby CE Primary School, reading is given top priority and is a key driver for our curriculum.
Children are taught the skills to become competent, fluent readers with the ability to comprehend a wide range of texts in order to develop knowledge of themselves, their community and the diverse world in which they live. We provide opportunities for children to gain knowledge across the curriculum; and to establish an appreciation and love of reading for pleasure.
The systematic teaching of Phonics using Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds has a high priority throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Phonics teaching is delivered on a daily basis in a sequential and exciting way so that long-term memory is embedded. Our learners are taught to recognise, blend and segment sounds for Reading and Spelling. Children who have not passed the Phonics Assessment are monitored and supported in KS2 using No Nonsense Phonics Skills.
From EYFS, children read phonically decodable books associated with the sound they are working on within class. Once children are reading confidently and showing signs of developing fluency, they move on to the Accelerated Reader programme. Reading books and texts are accurately matched to pupil ability, being graded with a ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) to ensure clear progression of skills and appropriate challenge for all children. A wide and diverse range of texts are provided in school so we can engage all abilities and foster a love of reading, including High Interest Low Reading Age for KS2 children.
Class texts are linked to cross curricular topics to ensure reading is embedded across the curriculum. Our inviting library and classroom reading areas offer a choice of genres as well as topic-themed books, books from different cultures and diversity to promote reading and research in all subjects.
From Year 2, the teaching of reading is through Whole Class Reading using the domains of VIPERS (Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve, Sequence/Summarise), and enables regular practise to build long term memory around reading and comprehension skills Our reading sessions ensure pupils are immersed in a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Children read independently for pleasure and in teacher directed whole class and small group sessions to develop fluency, resilience and stamina with reading and comprehension skills. Teachers adapt activities for accessibility for SEND groups and challenge for more able and confident readers.
By the time children leave Horton Kirby CE Primary School, they are competent readers who can recommend books to their peers, have a thirst for reading a range of genres including poetry, and participate in discussions about books, including evaluating an author’s use of language and the impact this can have on the reader. They can also read books to enhance their knowledge and understanding of all subjects on the curriculum, their community and the diverse world we live in, making them ready for the wider world of secondary school, further training and employment.