Reading CurriculumNorth Ealing Primary School
‘Outstanding reading schools 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. These schools recognise that the two elements are intertwined; each relies on the other if children are to become life-long readers.’
Reading for Pleasure
Here at NEPS, we know that reading is an essential life skill and want our children to be lifelong readers. On leaving North Ealing our children should be confident in selecting and reading a wide range of materials and enjoy regularly reading for pleasure.
Our aim is to equip each reader with the tools to tackle unfamiliar vocabulary and diverse materials. We want our children to recommend books to their peers and enjoy reading a wide range of genres, including non-fiction. We encourage children to participate in book talk, including evaluating an author’s use of language and how this can affect the reader. We encourage our pupils to see themselves as discerning readers and to be confident in discussing not only whether they enjoy a text but also the extent to which they agree with it.
We believe reading is key for academic success and so to ensure we have a holistic approach to the teaching of reading, we implement the following:
How we teach reading
In the Early Years and Key stage 1, teachers share books, stories and information texts with children on a daily basis, which develops children’s interest and pleasure in reading and discuss what their thoughts are towards them. Throughout Reception and KS1 pupils develop their reading skills, through small group instruction so that they can become independent, fluent, skilled readers. In Year 2 whole class comprehension lessons deepen children’s ability to explore and understand a range of genres.
In Key Stage 2, whole class Reading Skills lessons develop children’s vocabulary and comprehension skills, through explicit teaching of eight reading domains which are formally tested at the end of key stage 2. Using the content domains as an underlying approach, whilst having a teaching process that focuses on the skills of understanding what is being read and creating a love of books, ensures that children have skills that last beyond school. It also promotes a passion for reading, a thirst for knowledge and a love for learning which lasts a lifetime.
The Art of Teaching Writing approach in English lessons ensures quality core texts and text analysis form part of every English unit, with time built into units for children to read the texts and discuss what their thoughts are towards them. This is before they move on to applying skills of analysis, retrieval and inference to what they have read.
Reading across the curriculum
As a part of our curriculum development, we are encouraging all the children to read widely in Science, History, Geography, RE and Art. We focus on texts that are fundamental to growing knowledge, vocabulary and ideas related to each subject area.
Strategies to promote Reading for pleasure:
- Storytime timetabled for fifteen minutes a day, at least three times a week.
- Regular, open-ended discussions about stories and books across all areas of the curriculum.
- Opportunities to read and discuss a wide read of genres including poetry and non-fiction (including newspapers to ensure children are aware of local, national and global issues).
- Each classroom has a reading area that is filled with books suitable for their reading age. This is a comfortable place for children to read throughout the day.
- Children have the opportunity to take part in ‘Reading Buddies’, in which children mix with other children from different year groups and share a book together.
- Children who are not yet ‘free readers’, will work through our school reading scheme – these are levelled books which match the children’s current reading age.
- We expect families at home to read these books with their child daily and make comments on their child’s reading record.
We also have a number of reading enrichment activities, including:
- Regular visits to the Library where children choose books to borrow and are read
- Regular visits from authors and poets throughout the school year
- Visits from Book Explorers
- Celebrations for World Book Week including, competitions and lots of amazing costumes!
- In addition, 1:1 reading is put in place for children that need extra practise.
- Books that the children take home are carefully chosen to match the children’s interests and their level of fluency.