At FPJS, we recognise reading as an invaluable life skill, essential if our children are to reach their potential. The skills needed to read and understand texts are taught systematically, rigorously and passionately so children develop into fluent and confident life-long readers who not only enjoy reading but can use it effectively to learn.
Implementation of our Reading Curriculum in KS2:
In Year 3, all children are screened to check if they are secure in phonic knowledge from KS1. All children who have not fully mastered phonic knowledge will be given targeted additional support through the use of the Ruth Miskin Phonics programme, which may include group or individual interventions as required. Additionally, children will be given access to reading eggs or other ipad apps to practice skills until they have mastered.
Children will be given Reading books which closely match the phase of phonics which they are currently working within
Children are “taught” key reading skills through our objective-led reading curriculum under 6 strands: Decoding/performing, finding the answer, reading between the lines, structure, language, the text and the world. At FPJS, children have discreet reading lessons focussing on these objectives on a weekly basis
In Year 3 and 4, skills are taught through a mixture of whole class lessons and guided reading sessions (where children can be taught in ability groups).
In Years 5 and 6, skills are predominantly taught in whole class lessons.
In all year groups, some of these skills will be taught using a whole-class reading book, and in other lessons, extracts of texts will be used.
All of our class reading books throughout Y3-6 have been mapped to ensure a good coverage of authors and genres, and are regularly checked to ensure they are up to date and relevant
All year groups use a web-based resource, “Read Theory” which supports and develops children’s comprehension at their own rate of learning. This is accessed via the school ipads, both at school and at home.
Throughout the school, vocabulary is taught explicitly in a variety of subjects to develop children’s comprehension skills.
FPJS uses a variety of different reading schemes to provide a wide variety of appropriate texts for those children who are still learning to read to a fluent standard. These are colour banded using the book bands colours. Our expectation is that the majority of children will be off any scheme books by the end of Y3, choosing their own books for pleasure from our school library.
Children are encouraged to read for pleasure as much as possible at FPJS! Once children have mastered reading fluently, they are able to choose their own books. Teachers and teaching assistants monitor children’s choices carefully to ensure they are selecting a wide variety of authors and genres. Children record their weekly reading choice in their home-school diary.
Children record themselves reading using the iPads to promote fluency and reading with expression
At FPJS, children have a weekly library slot, where they are encouraged to browse books and share great reads with their peers.
Our library is kept up to date with great fiction reads for each year group, and recommended reads are changed regularly to keep reading fresh and exciting for our pupils.
Our library is open every lunchtime and after school to encourage children to read for pleasure
Each classroom has a selection of attractive books relevant to their year group curriculum (non-fiction) plus a wide variety of up to date books for reading for pleasure
At FPJS, we regularly invite authors into school which further encourages children to read a variety of different books for pleasure.
We regularly take part in partner reading sessions with different year groups- often with Furze Platt Infants
At FPJS, we regularly review children’s progress in reading, using a combination of teacher assessments and tests.
Children who are struggling with comprehension skills are provided with a combination of interventions. These may include:
Ruth Miskin Phonics/Reading Eggs
Daily reading with an adult (including parent volunteers) focussing on the understanding of key vocabulary
Rapid Reading intervention with a trained TA or teacher
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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