Reading is a passport to the world. The benefits of reading go beyond the opportunities offered by being well-read with a good command of English. Reading great literature opens children up to ideas, experiences, places and times they might never otherwise experience in real life. Reading for pleasure gives opportunities to learn about a multitude of things that cannot be covered by a school curriculum.
‘Young people who enjoy reading very much are nearly five times as likely to read above the expected level for their age compared with young people who do not enjoy reading at all.’
Children’s and Young People’s Reading Today, National Literacy Trust, 2012
We believe in both the importance of developing children’s discrete word-reading skills and comprehension, and the need to engender their love of books and reading.
We use Accelerated Reader as scheme to motivate and promote independence in reading.
We place reading and books at the centre of the curriculum
We recognise that being able to read well is a key life skill for children, whatever their background
We believe that every child can learn to read with the right teaching and support
We build time for all children to read independently, read aloud and be read to during the school day
We have developed a coherent whole-school strategy for promoting reading for pleasure
We spend money and time to support reading, including buying books and developing the school environment to support reading
We devote time to training staff so they are equipped to support children’s enjoyment of reading
We are here to support parents to ensure the culture of reading that the school has developed extends into the home
Accelerated Reader (AR) is a whole-group reading management and monitoring programme that aims to foster the habit of independent reading among primary and early secondary age pupils. The internet-based software initially screens pupils according to their reading levels, and suggests books that match their reading age and reading interest. Pupils take computerised quizzes on the books they have read and earn AR points related to difficulty.
Children are encouraged to choose books around their suggested ZPD level that appeal to them. They are encouraged to read for pleasure and to understand what they have read. Their understanding of the text is evaluated by taking a short quiz at the end of each book they have read. Children are motivated by reaching their targets and collecting points for different books read. Progress is monitored by regular star reading assessments which evaluate aspects of the children’s reading ability such as reading age and oral fluency.
Children often like to read books form home which as a school we encourage. Often their ‘home books’ also have quizzes that the children can take. You can check this by clicking here:
Read Write Inc.
Phonics, Literacy & Language, Fresh Start and Spelling are highly successful literacy programmes for 4-13 year-olds created by Ruth Miskin and published by Oxford University Press. The training and support from Ruth Miskin Training, rated Outstanding by the Department for Education, ensure the programmes have the best chance of success in schools.
The four Read Write Inc. programmes are carefully matched to the new curriculum, giving your children the best chance of success in the national tests. They show teachers, teaching assistants and parents step-by-step how to teach all children to become fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.
Read Write Inc. Phonics is used by over a quarter of the UK’s primary schools. It is a comprehensive literacy programme, weaving decoding, comprehension, writing and spelling together seamlessly. Ruth Miskin developed the programme during her time as a headteacher in Tower Hamlets. She believes that in order for a school to be successful, every headteacher needs to adopt a consistent whole-school approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling. Fidelity to the teaching programme, rigorous assessment, tracking and one-to-one tutoring ensure that schools guarantee progress for every child.
For information and tutorials on how to support your child learning to read go to: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/