It is our intent at Old Clee Academy to provide pupils with a high-quality education that will teach pupils to read and speak fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively.
We intend to encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts to develop their knowledge of the world in which they live, extend their vocabulary bank, to establish a love of reading, to gain knowledge across the curriculum and develop their comprehension skills. It is our intention to ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence in any subject in preparation for their secondary education.
At Old Clee Academy it is our intention to ensure reading is at the core of all curriculum areas. Through choosing high quality texts, we intend to develop a love of reading and allow children to recognise the pleasure they can experience from reading, as well as an understanding that reading allows them to discover new knowledge and fuels their imagination. Implementation
Independent School/Home Reading
At Old Clee Academy reading is an important part of all children’s learning and progress. The school’s main reading system is Accelerated Reader which engages students, motivates reading practice and improves reading progress. Children are given the opportunity to read in school four/five times per week for a 20 minute period in addition to reading at home with parents. A pupil reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Children respond to regular feedback from the class teacher and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills. Accelerated Reader gives teachers the information they need to monitor students’ reading practice and make informed decisions to guide their future learning.
A comprehensive set of reports reveals how much a pupil has been reading, at what level of complexity, and how well they have understood what they have read. Vocabulary growth and literacy skills are also measured, giving teachers insight into how well students have responded to reading schemes and class instruction. Pupils develop reading skills most effectively when they read appropriately challenging books – difficult enough to keep them engaged but not so difficult that they become frustrated. This is their ‘Zone of Proximal Development’ (ZPD)
Phonics is an important daily lesson in each class from the Nursery through to Year 2. The school follows the synthetic phonics approach using Read Write Inc which develops the children’s ability to hear, discriminate, recognise and write the sound/s. Reception and KS1 are assessed termly and placed into phonic classes suited to their attainment level. These sessions take place for 30 minutes daily. For those pupils who require additional support or challenge, interventions are implemented during the afternoon sessions. Children in Year 1 take the Phonics Screening Test in May each year. Those who don’t achieve the pass mark retake the test again in Year 2. Any children who have still not reached the pass mark at the end of KS1 are tracked through years 3 and 4 where appropriate support is given. Our Y2 pupils access RWI Comprehension which focuses on turning our decoders into readers who comprehend and fully understand what they have read.
Our competent KS2 decoders develop their reading through Bug Club Comprehension. Our aim at Old Clee is to ensure all children learn to become readers. The term ‘reader’ means more than to be able to decode. To be a ‘reader’, children should find books ‘funny, exciting and wonderful; a rich source of amusement, entertainment, escapism, information as well as thought-provoking and, at times, challenging. ‘Bug Club’ comprehension provides our pupils with all this, as well as the opportunity to read a wide range of books in a structured, challenging and progressive approach. Forty minute lessons take place daily across KS2 developing 8 key reading skills; clarifying, summarising, activating prior knowledge, visualising, connecting, predicting, questioning and evaluating. The structure of each session enables pupils to work collaboratively as well as independently and guided within a teacher led group.
At Old Clee Academy we help nurture a love of reading by ensuring all children encounter a ‘focused author’ book each term. We feel this is important to ensure every child reads books written by a range of authors whilst they are with us at Old Clee, including an archaic text each year. Each teacher shares a class text with their class at the end of every day developing literal and deeper understanding. The teacher’s role is to help pupils make sense of the text, know the meaning of words and how they fit together in a sentence, remember the sequence of events and main ideas, know about typical characters and their traits. Successful comprehension is dependent on being able to relate different parts of the text to each other and to draw on knowledge of the world, life experiences, story conventions, books, language and vocabulary. Each child has their very own copy of the class text to interact with and to nurture a love of reading further; each child takes home their class book and is encouraged to read on at their own pace or to re-read the pages which have been read by the teacher that day.
Bedtime Reading Bags
To continue to promote and develop a love of reading, we have our Bedtime Reading Bags which go home. Each week two children from each class, from EYFS2 to Year 6, receive a bag which contains either a fairy-tale story book or a poetry book appropriate to each year group, a packet of biscuits, two hot chocolates and a reading log. Our aim is to encourage shared reading at home with the additional enjoyment of a biscuit and a hot chocolate. Children are chosen randomly each Friday to take home a Bedtime Reading Bag so they have the weekend to read and share their book and they are encouraged to create a reading response in their log. At Old Clee, we understand the importance of reading being a pleasurable experience, our Bedtime Reading Bags encourage families to read and develop reading skills together.
Our focus this year is to promote the use of our newly refurbished libraries. Children will be encouraged to enhance their reading through the school’s weekly library loan service where we will ensure pupils are guided to both fiction and non-fiction texts. We aim for our libraries to encourage curiosity, innovation and problem-solving and a central point for all kinds of reading, cultural activities, access to information, knowledge building, deep thinking and lively discussion. Not only will it be a haven in which children can lose themselves in a book they have chosen for pleasure, at Old Clee, our libraries will promote reading more widely across the curriculum by housing a broad knowledge of inquiry models, information texts and tools, and literature to suit pupils at all levels. We understand that by providing a wealth of texts across a broad and diverse curriculum, we will also promote the development of our children’s ‘cultural capital’.
Reading for Life
If we can guide children through the reading process during their time at Old Clee, using challenging, exciting and varied texts, we will have a job well done! But more than this, hopefully, they are readers for life who will recall the memories we gave them that made them children of books. By the time children leave us, 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.
Through the teaching of systematic phonics, our aim is for children to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One. This way, children can focus on developing their fluency and comprehension as they move through the school. Attainment in reading is measured using the statutory assessments at the end of Key Stage One and Two. These results are measured against the reading attainment of children nationally. Attainment in phonics is measured by the Phonics Screening Test at the end of Year 1.
However, we firmly believe that reading is the key to all learning and so the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the results of the statutory assessments. We give all children the opportunity to enter the magical worlds that books open up to them. We promote reading for pleasure as part of our reading curriculum. Children are encouraged to develop their own love of genres and authors and to review their books objectively. This enhances a deep love of literature across a range of genres, cultures and styles.
Focused Author Books
At Old Clee Primary Academy we recognise how reading to children on a regular basis is essential for their reading development. To promote this in our school, we have a new focused author which we introduce to children once a term. The class teacher reads the focused author book while each child follows the story in their own copy. Children are able to take their copy home so they can discuss the story, re-read what has been read to them in school or, as many like to, read on so they know what happens before anyone else!
In both KS1 and KS2 we have fantastic new libraries which both the children and staff absolutely love. Both libraries are full of exciting non-fiction and fiction books for us all to enjoy.
As we understand the importance of promoting a love for reading and we know that children thoroughly enjoy being read to, each Friday two lucky children from each class get to take home our wonderful Bedtime Bags. Each bag contains a lovely book, a reading log, a packet of biscuits and two sachets of hot chocolate. Our children look forward to having their book read to them while tucking into their yummy biscuits and hot chocolate.