At Our Lady of the Visitation, we want our children to become enthusiastic, engaged readers and to develop a life-long love of books. We introduce the pupils to a range of high quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry books through our curriculum, including our chosen class texts as a stimulus for the Process Approach to teaching English, and during their weekly guided or shared reading session.
In the early stages of reading, we teach pupils the concepts about print including 1:1 word matching, left to right tracking and that print carries meaning. We teach them how to gather meaning from pictures, how sentences are structured and how to decode words using phonic skills to check for accuracy. We place a great emphasis on comprehension and inference from the very early stages of reading and across the school.
We have a range of ways that pupils conduct their reading practice – individual, group settings and as a whole class. Individual reading occurs primarily in Early Years each week where every child will read 1:1 with a member of staff. Working 1:1 with pupils regularly allows adults to continually assess reading skills and provide targets. Guided reading occurs from summer term in Reception and in Year 1 and gives all pupils the opportunity to read with their class teacher in a small group. The teacher will use these sessions as an opportunity to be more specific in the reading skills individual children need to develop. Where pupils are not reading at age related expectations, further opportunities to read with a member of staff individually each week are planned for.
Shared reading is an ongoing approach to the teaching and development of reading from Year 2-6. In shared reading activities, pupils have opportunities to develop a range of reading skills during whole class work, including phonics skills, prediction, summarising, the impact of high quality language, the authors’ intent. comprehension and inference skills. Teachers will use class texts during these sessions. Pupils also develop skills further through cross curricular opportunities for reading in a range of subjects.
We have a range of different independent reading scheme books for pupils to choose from. Pupils are assessed on their independent reading and move through the book bands. Pupils become free readers when they are confident, fluent and can understand the experiences in the reading scheme books,
We have also been steadily investing in a new range of reading materials to enhance the quality of resources we offer pupils in their classroom book areas and in our school library. Upper KS2 pupils take ownership of developing good reading practice across the school through the role of librarians and reading buddies.