Implementation - English at Wath Central
At Wath Central we believe that every child has the right to read. Reading is an essential life skill that is key to children accessing many areas of the world around them. From entering school we place high importance on developing reading skills to enable children to access and discover the world around them. We are proud to provide a reading rich environment for all pupils where children can enjoy texts shared as a whole class, by reading in groups, reading individually and reading across the curriculum.
Progression of Skill
Reading into Learning
From Foundation Stages up to Year 6 we introduce the children to a wide range of books, genres and authors through high-quality, engaging texts. We ensure that these texts link closely to our concept-driven curriculum in order to provide a coherent cross-curricular experience. Carefully chosen texts are placed at the heart of our English Learning Journey and we use these texts as vehicles to steer reading into writing. These texts are accessed and unpicked as a whole class allowing children opportunities to engage in meaningful discussions about characters, content and meaning. There is also a high importance placed on developing children’s understanding of the vocabulary the encounter along with other reading skills. We promote experiential learning where children can experience all or parts of these texts by our teachers bringing sections of the text to life through drama and engage days/task and through our provision. The exposure to quality texts stretches out across all areas of the curriculum providing purposeful reading opportunities and supports the development of many reading skills.
A confident reader is not only able to decode the words presented on a page but has a secure understanding of what they have read. To develop reading comprehension skills alongside fluency skills we focus on the development of the skills link to the reading content domain. In Foundation Stage these skills are explore through questioning and discussions when sharing texts. Children in Y1-Y6 complete regular reading session where specific skills are explicitly taught to support children developing a secure understand of what they read. We also incorporate these reading skills into our English journey where appropriate.
Reading for Pleasure
At Wath Central we want our children to discover their own genuine love of reading. In order to do this, we have in place a variety of ways to show them that reading is, above all, fun! We believe that books have the power to take children on adventures to many place and to explore key life concepts in an imaginative and creative way. Therefore, we have developed a text rich environment.
Dedicated reading areas can be found in each classrooms. These areas have a range of texts for children to access. We have a wonderful library area that is accessed regularly by each year group. Here children can chose from a wide range of texts to read to suit all interests. They can enjoy a text sat in the main library area or get comfy with a book in our wooden structure and its surrounding area. You will also find book recommendations left by pupils, around the main library area too, to encourage their peers to read different texts. Our FS2 children also enjoy a visit to our local library on a weekly basis to share a story and complete activities linked the text that they read. Here they also become members and are able so they can borrow books too.
Reading assemblies also take place at key times throughout the year where a teacher chooses a favourite book to share with children. The texts shared also link with key celebrations, events and concepts.
We have developed a list of Recommended Reads with a list produced by our teaching staff of books that we would recommend for children in each year group. These text cover a variety of genres, topics and popular authors. Many of which can be found in our own school library.
Our children to play an active role in the promotion of reading in school, by carrying out the following roles:
School Librarians – a group of KS2 children who support the running of the school library.
Reading Buddy’s – some children in school will be assigned a reading buddy. Usually an older child and a younger child, the children will each listen to each other read.
Reading Ambassadors – children who organise and tally up our weekly reading challenges.
Book Fair Champions – children who organise and run our, twice yearly, school book fair.
We enrich our children’s experience of reading by celebrating many reading events throughout the school year. Some of these are listed below:
World Book Day – Every year we promote enjoyment for reading through the celebration of World Book Day by dressing up and completing reading themed activities.
Author Visits – We encourage author visits into school to spark imagination and creativity in children. These offer our children exciting opportunities to meet the people behind the words and illustrations of a book. We have also linked up to authors using social medial to enhance the teaching of texts in class or linked to our concept curriculum.
Local Library links - We have strong links with our local library who come into school to promote reading events including the Summer Reading Challenge.
International World Book Day – This is an opportunity for children and staff to choose and share with others in school a text they enjoy and spreads the passion for reading too.
Book Fairs – We hold a number of book fairs throughout the year and these are led by our Book Fair Champions. Offering a wide selection of texts they offer something for all interests. We always schedule in time for classes to visit the book fair and have also given classes a budget that allows them to collectively choose texts and buy a copy for the classroom.
Importance of Reading
Research carried out by the National Literacy Trust highlights the importance of children reading. The research findings show that:
of those children who never read outside school, just 6% are above the expected level of reading for their age
8–11-year-olds who enjoy reading very much are four times more likely to read at the expected level for their age than children who do not enjoy reading at all
children who don’t enjoy reading at all are ten times more likely to have fallen behind and be reading below the expected level for their age than children who enjoy reading.
Reading at Home
Research shows that a child who reads for pleasure every day greatly increases their life chances. At Central, we encourage children to read regularly at home as well as in school. Home learning resources and ideas can be found below: