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Reading

 

The English reading curriculum has been designed to ensure all learners, particularly the most disadvantaged, become confident readers, reading easily, fluently and with good understanding and to the best of their ability. Our aim is to provide children with as many opportunities to feed their imagination and open up a treasure chest of wonder, excitement and joy. We encourage children to read widely and often to increase their knowledge and understanding of themselves and the world they live in.

In Key Stage 1 the children take part in guided reading every day for a minimum of 30 minutes. This is facilitated using a carousel system which is designed to give every group the opportunity of Independent reading, Teaching Assistant supported Reading and Teacher supported Reading. The sessions are used to practice reading skills, develop word recognition, reinforce phonics and develop comprehension skills. Each group is allocated a reading scheme book at an appropriate (instructional) level to the group of children which is changed weekly. In year 2 some groups may have books for two weeks.

This model is continued in Year 3 until December when based on Teacher Assessment and knowledge of the children, they will then transition on to the Key Stage 2 Whole Class Reading approach. This may occur in February also and by April, all Year 3 will be following the Whole Class Reading Approach.

The Whole Class Reading approach follows a five-day sequence. Each year group has a number of age-appropriate high-quality texts which have been chosen for their content (themes and issues) and are rich in vocabulary. The children are taught to respond to different question types such as retrieval and inference questions and higher-level questioning using the PEE strategy to respond. The children explore vocabulary within the texts ensuring they are building on decoding and deciphering skills and regularly carry out drama activities such as conscience alley, hot seating.

 

HQT 1 HQT 2  HQT 3 HQT 4 HQT 5 HQT 6

YEAR

3

Cliffhanger -

Jacqueline

Wilson

Bill's New Frock -

Anne

Fine

The Sheep Pig -

King

Smith

The BFG -

Roald

Dahl

Mudpuddle Farm -

Michael

Morpurgo

YEAR

4

Cool -

Michael

Morpurgo

You're a bad man,

Mr Gum -

Andy Stanton

Charlotte's

Webb -

E. B. White

The Firework

Maker's Daughter -

Phillip Pullman

The Lion, the Witch

and the Wardrobe -

C. S. Lewis

Greatest

Animal Stories -

Michael Morpurgo

YEAR

5

Holes -

Louis

Sachar

Varjak

Paw -

S. F. Said

Goodnight

Mr. Tom -

Michelle Magorian

Butterfly Lion -

Michael

Morpurgo

Max and the

Millions -

Ross Montgomery 

Eye of the Wolf -

Daniel

Pennac

YEAR

6

Stormbreaker -

Anthony

Horowitz

Odd and the

Frost Giants' -

Neil Gaiman

The Outlaw

Varjak Paw -

S. F. Said

Kensuke's

Kingdom -

Michael Morpurgo

The London Eye

Mystery -

Siobhan Dawd

 

 

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Vocab Retrieval Drama

Multi-skills

comprehension

Unseen

comprehension

 

 

In EYFS and KS1, Letters and Sounds, Oxford Reading Tree's Songbirds and Pearson's Bug Club are the main schemes used.