Reading

The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go-

Dr Seuss

INTENT

At St Francis, we value reading as a key life skill and place great importance on enabling our children to become life-long readers.  We want all of our children to develop a love of books and reading as we believe it is not only one of the finest pleasures in life, but also essential to academic success. By the time children leave St Francis, we want all of our children to be competent readers, have a thirst for reading different genres and enjoy actively taking part in discussions about books.

IMPLEMENTATION

EYFS

The reading curriculum is planned around the topics on the EYFS long term plan.  We ensure that children experience quality texts throughout the year, which have been specifically chosen to interest them. (See below)

The children listen to and join in with poems, rhymes and stories every day. They also have the opportunity to retell and role play stories daily in the provision using small world, props, masks and dressing up clothes.

Children are encouraged to recognise their name as soon as they start in the EYFS as they find their coat peg and badge. They select their name card and attempt to write it on their paintings when ready.  They are encouraged to select a library book to take home and they can change these books three times a week.

By the beginning of the Spring term, all children in FS2 will be part of a Guided Reading group which runs fortnightly

In FS1, children who have ‘sitability’ and are good listeners, take part in weekly guided reading sessions

FS2 visit our local library in Eccleshill every half term. 

EYFS Focussed Books Long Term Plan

KS1

In KS1, the reading curriculum is delivered through daily guided reading sessions.  In Year 1, the children start with weekly guided reading sessions until they are ready for daily sessions, which usually start in the Spring term.

Whole class guided reading lessons take place every day for 25mins, which follows a set pattern:

Mon – pre-reading session – overview of text, exploration of new vocabulary

Tues – Teaching of one particular skill linked to a specific content domain

Wed – Written comprehension in response to questions on the skill taught the previous day

Thurs – Written comprehension on mixed questions

Fri – Reading for pleasure

 

We use the analogy of biscuits to support our children in understanding the different content domains and skills needed within them.  In KS1 there are 5 content domains:

Year 1 Guided Reading Long Term Plan

Due to the fact that the focus for the children in Year 1 is more heavily weighted towards the decoding of works and application of phonics knowledge, Guided Reading in Autumn Term is based around our Big Cat Collins reading programme books.  In the Spring and Summer term, we start to introduce other texts into weekly Guided Reading sessions to support the children's comprehension skills. The Spring and Summer term long term plans are coming soon...

Year 2 Guided Reading Long Term Plan

Please click here to access our plan

In addition to guided reading, reading opportunities are made in English lessons and across other areas of the curriculum. 

Every classroom, has a special reading area which has been designed by the children.  In this area, there are a mix of fiction and non-fiction books.  Many of the books support the curriculum of that year group.

HOME-SCHOOL INDIVIDUAL READING

Children in KS1 follow the Collins Big Cat reading scheme. They are expected to read at home with an adult at least 3 times per week.

Children are assessed half termly, unless the teacher feels they could be assessed earlier.  

KS2

In KS2, the reading curriculum is delivered through daily guided reading sessions.

Whole class guided reading lessons take place every day for 25mins, which follows a set pattern:

Mon – pre-reading session – overview of text, exploration of new vocabulary

Tues – Teaching of one particular skill linked to a specific content domain

Wed – Written comprehension in response to questions on the skill taught the previous day

Thurs – Written comprehension on mixed questions

Fri – Reading for pleasure/accelerated reader quiz

We use the analogy of biscuits to support our children in understanding the different content domains and skills needed within them.  In KS2 there are 8 content domains:

KS2 Guided Reading Long Term Plan 

Please click here for our Y3 long term plan

Please click here for our Y4 long term plan

Please click here for our Y5 long term plan

Please click here for our Y6 long term plan

In addition to guided reading, reading opportunities are made in English lessons and across other areas of the curriculum. 

Every classroom, has a special reading area which has been designed by the children.  In this area, there are a mix of fiction and non-fiction books.  Many of the books support the curriculum of that year group.

HOME-SCHOOL INDIVIDUAL READING

Children in KS2, follow the Accelerated Reader system, which is continuously monitored and controlled by their class teachers. On finishing a book, they must do a quiz on it on the iPad in school within 24 hours of completion before being allowed to select their next book.

Follow here to see the detail of how Accelerated Reader works.