Our readers are equipped with the tools to tackle unfamiliar vocabulary and material. They are able to recommend books to their peers and enjoy reading a wide range of genres, including non-fiction. Children enjoy participating in book talk, including evaluating an author’s use of language and how this can affect the reader. We encourage our pupils to see themselves as discerning readers and to be confident in discussing not only whether they enjoy a text but also the extent to which they agree with it. We ensure the books we read as part of our reading curriculum and in our books corners are representative of our wider school community and reflect the diversity of our childrens’ lived experiences.
How we teach Reading
We teach reading comprehension through daily reading lessons. Each half term, children will read and analyse a fiction, a non-fiction or a poetry text. Reading lessons include:
In addition to our reading lessons in Year 1-6, we also provide children with:
We also have a number of reading enrichment activities, including:
In addition, 1:1 reading is put in place for children that need extra practise. Books that the children take home are carefully chosen to match the children’s interests and their level of fluency.
Every child at Chesterton will have...
· Visits to the local library every half term.
· Participation in local reading competitions including the summer reading challenge.
· Visits to the school library every half term.
· Topical workshops held in the local library.
· Book fairs every term- children are timetabled in for browsing sessions.
· Access to their teachers reading stories on the school website.
· A reading breakfast every year with family participation.
· Participation in World Book Week dress up and enrichment events based on the national theme.
· Reading treat half termly for children that have been reading regularly at home.
· Reading buddies- teaming up older and younger classes to share favourite books together.
Reading environments and choice:
· An engaging, clearly labelled, tidy book corner with a range of classic and new, high-quality fiction and non-fiction texts.
· Book Huts available in the KS1 and KS2 playgrounds so that children can access books throughout their playtimes.
· Newspapers made available and regularly changed so that children can keep up to date with current affairs.
· Advice on how to choose a book that they will like and exposure to new authors and genres.
· Time every week to choose a book and read for pleasure.
· Dedicated time each day where an adult will read to them.
· Time each week to read to an adult and other children in the classroom.
· Daily opportunities to engage in quality book talk.
· Some children even have sessions with our highly trained team of reading volunteers- or our “reading dog”, Dolce!
Author visits/ Workshops:
· Barnes Book Fest for at least 1 KS1/ EYFS class and 1 KS2 class.
· Regular author/ storyteller visits- every child will access at least one author event per year.
· Teachers who have regular training sessions and are kept up to date with pedagogical developments.
· Enthusiastic teachers with good knowledge of children’s books and enjoy participating in book talk.
· Teachers who are motivated and participate wholeheartedly in reading enrichment activities such as World Book Day.
· Teachers who model the love of reading!