English – Reading
When children start school they are given five keywords to learn, they take them home and are encouraged to make sentences with them, etc. They are then put into groups according to how many keywords they know. They will be given a reading book from the pink book band. Children can move between the groups as and when necessary. Parents are informed when their child is moved and are offered the opportunity to discuss the reasons why.
Children read twice a week, once with the teacher and once with the teaching assistant. The teacher plans both sessions and chooses the books. The guided reading book is sent home and the teacher/TA writes in each child’s reading diary to inform parents which pages are to be read and anything that could be practised at home. Parents are also encouraged to write in the diary. Towards the end of the year children are given comprehension questions to discuss at home.
Children are able to take home a bedtime book from the class library. This is a book of their choice that they can share with somebody at home. During the day we have story time where the teacher reads to the children and discusses the story. Children are also able to bring in a favourite book from home that they would like to share with the class.
Key Stage 1
As children move into KS1 and the Reception classes mix together the teachers together decide how best to group the children. Children read at least once a week with a teacher. The guided reading book is sent home and the teacher/TA writes in each child’s reading diary to inform parents which pages are to be read and anything that could be practised at home. Parents are also encouraged to write in the diary. Children are also given comprehension activities to complete alongside their reading. Children will also receive a weekly bedtime book. Children have story time where the teacher reads to the children.
As the children learn to read they will move through a series of book bands which will develop a variety of skills. Within each band are a variety of books (fiction and nonfiction) taken from different reading schemes so that children get a wider reading experience. Children can move through bands at their own pace. The teachers will continually assess and move them along when they are ready.
This is the order of the book bands: pink, red, yellow, blue, green, orange, turquoise, purple, gold, white and lime.
Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2, children move towards whole class guided reading. Children have 3-4 sessions a week based around a novel that they read as a whole class. Children cover skills such as retrieving and recording, summarising, making inferences and making predictions. Children will also look at word choices and how these are used and to make comparisons within the text.