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Reading

At Brampton Primary School we are committed to ensuring all children become able readers. The most successful way in which to accomplish this goal is to encourage children to develop a love of reading and as a school, place great importance on being a reader. We aim to widen children’s literary knowledge and expose them to a variety of different text types both inside and outside the classroom environment. We will model good reading behaviours when reading aloud, teaching children how to make good text choices.
Benefits of reading for pleasure:

  • Reading for enjoyment has a real impact on pupil attainment
  • There is evidence to show that reading for pleasure is a more important determinant of children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status.
  • It can have a positive impact on pupils’ emotional and social behaviour.
  • It can have a positive impact on text comprehension and grammar.

Brampton Primary School has a much higher than average number of children known to be eligible for free school meals, a range of different ethnic groups and most of our children speak English as an additional language. Research from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD, 2002) showed that reading enjoyment is more important for children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status. Reading for pleasure could therefore be one important way to help combat social exclusion and raise educational standards.

Aims:

Brampton children to:

  • read for pleasure;
  • read fluently, accurately and with understanding;
  • become independent and critical readers and make informed and appropriate choices;
  • select information from a wide range of texts and sources including print, media and ICT and to evaluate those sources;
  • apply techniques such as skimming, scanning, and text-marking effectively in order to research and appraise texts.

Reading is a complex process that involves multiple factors including decoding, integrating background experiences, having purposes for reading and using skills and strategies to construct meaning.

The teaching of reading at Brampton Primary School encompasses a balance of teaching strategies including a synthetic approach to phonics through the Read Write Inc. programme (RWI) and an emphasis on children experiencing a wide range of texts, including online books, through class and home reading.

The teaching of phonics is an important component of the teaching of reading and as a result we plan, teach and regularly assess children though our focused RWI programme. In Nursery our children are introduced to ‘Fred Talk’ where teachers begin sounding out targeted words. This encourages children to recognise phonemes and begin to blend. During the year their class teacher will have introduced the picture frieze and begun short phonics sessions of approximately ten minutes. In Reception children will begin with a twenty-minute lesson of phonics and by the end of the year they will be participating in a 45 minute phonics-based lesson.

Children in Year 1 take part in a 50 minute RWI lesson and in Year 2 children who are on orange books or below continue to be taught phonics along with a weekly guided reading lesson.
Phonics is also used as an intervention for older children and forms a part of guided reading lessons where appropriate.

In addition to RWI, Nursery and Reception class teachers will bring a collection of children's stories to life by reading them with enthusiasm and passion. Props and various other resources are used to encourage the children to act out the stories in their own way, reinforcing a love of familiar texts. During the early years there is a focus on meaningful print such as a child’s name, words on a cereal packet or a book title, in order to discuss similarities and differences between symbols. We help children to understand what a word is by using names and labels and by pointing out words in the environment and in books.

These reading experiences will lead our children to develop many early reading skills.

From Years 1 to 6 our children are taught the skills of reading through daily, focused guided reading lessons. Children are taught a range of reading comprehension strategies, including predicting, self-questioning, visualising, monitoring, summarising and evaluating to help them become competent, life-long readers. Good comprehension draws from linguistic knowledge (particularly of vocabulary and grammar) and on knowledge of the world. In guided reading and other reading experiences pupils develop these skills through high-quality conversations with the teacher, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction texts.

At Brampton Primary School we place a great emphasis on reading for pleasure and purpose. Though whole-class and shared reading experiences, teachers introduce children to a range of challenging texts and focus on word reading skills. As a school we have invested significantly in books to improve and develop our library and all children are timetabled to enjoy this exciting space for at least half an hour each week. During these sessions our teachers will promote reading for pleasure by: reading a text enthusiastically to their class, teaching good book choices, providing children with opportunities to share their reading experience with their peers and engaging with pupils as readers.