The National Curriculum programmes of study for reading at key stages 1 and 2 consist of two dimensions:
The teaching at Covingham Park focuses on developing pupils’ competence in both dimensions; different kinds of teaching are needed for each.
Skilled word reading involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. Underpinning both is the understanding that the letters on the page represent the sounds in spoken words. Phonics is therefore emphasised in the early teaching of reading to beginners (i.e. unskilled readers) when they start school.
Good comprehension draws from linguistic knowledge (in particular of vocabulary and grammar) and on knowledge of the world. Comprehension skills develop through pupils’ experience of high-quality discussion with the teacher, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction. All pupils are encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum. Reading widely and often increases pupils’ vocabulary because they encounter words they would rarely hear or use in everyday speech.
Reading curriculum implementation
Reading is taught across the curriculum and is embedded within a range of subjects. Explicit reading sessions are taught across the week and may include a focus on a specific text or may be part of reading to support another subject, e.g. History, Science etc. Planned reading sessions aim to develop an understanding of a text, as well as encourage improved fluency when reading for pleasure or to support learning in other areas. We actively take the opportunity to develop children’s understanding of vocabulary, across both fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as linking their understanding of vocabulary to other curriculum areas including topics or spelling patterns
Guided Reading is taught daily in KS1 and KS2 and adapted to teach skills appropriate to the age of the children. Book choices for the guided session aim to be inspiring to both teacher and children and encourage an enthusiasm for reading.
In KS1 Guided reading is planned on a 2-weekly basis:
Each session will include:
In KS2 Guided reading is planned as 5 sessions:
MONDAYS and FRIDAYS: The class novel
TUESDAY to THURSDAY: Cross curricular linked texts
Deeper questions or activities could then be presented one at a time, which may use the same three forms: individual thinking, partnered talk and solo work. Children should get into the routine of knowing what each of the three forms requires of them.
It is our aim that, by the end of their primary education, where appropriate, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education.
At Covingham Park we believe in developing our children to become life-long readers, who choose to read for pleasure. We believe in the development of a sustainable reading culture, underpinned by a whole school commitment, which is understood and supported by the full school community.
For further information, see “READING FOR PLEASURE” policy.