At The Pines, we promote a love of reading in children from the youngest in Early Years all the way through to Year 6. We recognise that confident readers are able to access information across the whole curriculum and therefore are more likely to succeed in many different subject areas as well as being able to tackle more complex texts when reading for pleasure.
Reading is initially taught through phonics, starting in Early Years and continuing through Key Stage 1. It is then taught through individual, group and class reading, encompassing the skills of decoding, fluent reading and comprehension.
Further information will be added as we develop our teaching and learning in reading.
The reading scheme that we use at school ensures that children are able to take books home to read that are suited to their reading ability. We endeavour to ensure that every child is able to read to an adult at least once a week in school and they, in turn, will monitor a child's reading ability and issue them with books accordingly. The reading scheme follows a coloured system that children are able to progress through, both from a basic phonics level up to becoming a 'free reader' and choosing books from the book corner or library to take home and read.
Each week, a member of staff prepares a reading assembly for the children in KS1 and KS2. They choose a different book and read a section from it, putting their own exciting spin on it to engage the children and get them excited about reading. *Currently, this is done on an online platform due to COVID restrictions*
The Class Novel
Each class will be reading a class novel each half term. It will often, although not always, link to the curriculum learning that the children will be doing. We believe that reading to children is important for them to develop a love of reading and to be exposed to high quality reading from an adult. The class novel is read every day. The books were chosen so that each phase is exposed to a wide variety of different authors and characters from different cultural and religious backgrounds, as well as having a mixture of female and male authors and protagonists. We believe that ALL children should be able to 'see themselves' in the books that they are exposed to.
Whole Class Reading
At The Pines, we have started implementing a method of teaching reading known as 'Whole Class Reading'. This approach allows children to be exposed to both fiction and non fiction texts over the course of a week and then answering a variety of questions in a number of different styles about those texts. This will generally take the form of 2 reading sessions about the class novel and 2 reading sessions centered around 2 non-fiction pieces that are linked by a theme.
From Year 2 - Year 6, children will be introduced to 'Reading VIPERS'. This refers to different forms of questions that children may be exposed to when they are doing Whole Class Reading. They stand for the following:
V - Vocabulary
I - Infer
P - Predict
E - Explain
R - Retrieve
S - Sequence or summarise
These are threaded through all of the questions that children will be exposed to and their meanings will be taught to the children.
Library and Reading Nooks
The library at the Pines has recently been refurbished with new furniture and computer system. Children are able to visit the library to take out books with their classes, or during play and lunch times. There are also a number of 'Reading Nooks' around the school that are soft, inviting places for children to come and read books that have been selected as part of their curriculum learning. Children are able to access these at play and lunchtimes and share their books with friends. *Currently, children are unable to access these areas due to current COVID restrictions*