We value reading as a key life skill at Jubilee Primary School and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We believe reading is vital for academic and personal success. To ensure this, we have a holistic approach to the teaching of reading from an early age. We promote a love of reading within a safe and stimulating environment.
Children learn the English alphabetic code: using Read Write Inc. scheme of planning, they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds/phonemes and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes. They experience success from the very beginning using lively phonic books which are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases. Along with a thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion, children are helped to read with a storyteller’s voice by their ‘Reading Teacher’. Pupils are given a ‘weekend’ reading book that matches the progress and ability of each child.
PiXL Assessment and Therapies
To address any gaps in learning, pupils are assessed regularly and are supported using PiXL Reading Therapies. These therapies focus on specific skills that are based on the individual’s needs.
Teachers promote reading in class where possible and also listen to members read regularly to promote a ‘love of reading’ using a banded designated book. Pupils read a ‘banded reading book’ in KS2 (which is sequentially levelled and monitored by staff); it is expected that they read these banded books outside of school to parents or carers too. To reward eager readers, a reading raffle system is used in class to encourage pupils to read as much as possible - a prize is then presented to the random winner.
Finally, an engaging ‘class reader’ will be read to generate discussion, sustain engagement and allow staff to consolidate skills in order to translate them into their own practice. Class readers should explore the boundaries of our pupils’ understanding of social, moral, spiritual and cultural and integrate our core British values.