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.
At Franche, we follow Letters and Sounds. Our aim is to deliver daily, high-quality phonics sessions to enable our children to blend and segment words with confidence, as well as ensuring phonics is part of a broad and rich language curriculum. In Early Years and Key Stage One, phonics is taught every morning and is embedded throughout our creative curriculum. During each session, we revisit and review previous sounds through fun and creative investigative activities. We then teach, practise and apply new skills to ensure the children are confident, independent learners. The children benefit from actions and rhymes to help them remember new sounds. We involve our parents throughout the year through a variety of activities, including parent workshops, family learning, stay and share sessions and fun phonics mornings. Click on one of the buttons below to find out more about how we teach phonics at Franche.
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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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Reading for pleasure
At Franche Community Primary School we encourage pupils to develop the habit of reading widely and often for both pleasure and information. Our amazing school library has a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books by well known authors as well as developing a bank of new, award winning texts by less familiar writers. Displays in the library provide information to help pupils make choices based on what they have previously enjoyed or encourage them to take a chance on something new!
Each Key Stage Two class has weekly library time where pupils can return books and browse the shelves for a new choice. Class teachers attend theses sessions and discuss choices with pupils, using this knowledge to make their own recommendations.
Each class also takes part in four 20 minute Book Babble sessions every week, where pupils independently read books of their own choosing. At the end of each session, pupils engage in a five minute discussion with their teacher or fellow class mates about the book they have been reading.
We hold many reading events throughout the year to promote reading for pleasure, and the teachers always love to share their love of books with children at all times! Take a look at our 'Franchanory' page to listen to our teachers reading some of their favourite stories or watch one our our World Book Day videos to see how many different places our teachers love to read!