At Franche Community Primary School we recognise that a rigorous approach to the teaching of reading will develop pupils’ confidence and enjoyment in this subject. As part of an exciting and engaging creative curriculum, we encourage all pupils to read a wide range of stories, poems, rhymes and non-fiction to develop a wider vocabulary, language comprehension skills and love of reading. Reading is often described as ‘a gateway into another world’ and for many pupils their world view is indeed shaped by the books that they read. In view of this, we wish to give each child the opportunity to explore social and moral issues, explore different faiths and cultures, and promote British Values by providing access to relevant high-quality texts for both teaching and reading for pleasure.
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Guided reading sessions focus upon explaining vocabulary, retrieving key information and interpreting the meaning of texts through the use of high quality, topic related texts and VIPERS skills. VIPERS is a range of reading prompts designed to improve comprehension skills. Pupils explore a wide range of genres, exposing them to a broad and balanced range of texts. Each pupil has a Reading Journal where they are encouraged to annotate that week’s text, jot down thoughts and reactions and complete any text related activities to demonstrate the depth of their understanding. In addition to Guided Reading, each pupil will read with an adult on a 1:1 basis at least once a week, reading their home reading books.
We encourage all pupils to share a book at home with their grown-ups as we believe that this not only helps inferential skills but also supports a lifelong love of reading. It is essential that pupils choose their own books to promote reading for pleasure. Pupils will work through the book colour bands and then become free readers. Each class has a home library where pupils can borrow high interest books in addition to their home reading book and Key Stage Two pupils can also access our fabulous school library during devoted class time, breaks and lunchtimes. Pupils are encouraged to read every day at home in our ‘R.E.D.’ (Reading Every Day) initiative. This is key to reading fluently with confidence and also makes pupils eligible for weekly and half termly rewards.
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