Every child in the school follows our banded reading scheme which is comprised of a variety of published schemes. In EYFS and KS1, children are read with a minimum of fortnightly by their class teacher or teaching assistant – the focus of this session is both decoding and comprehension. In KS2, children are given regular opportunities throughout the week to read their banded books. The expectation of home reading is a minimum of ten minutes, five times a week. This is recorded in reading records and checked weekly by staff.
In terms of teaching comprehension, a whole class guided reading approach is taken. In EYFS and KS1 this involves ‘The Pawsome Gang.’ These characters are used to grow the pupils’ awareness and understanding of different reading comprehension skills. KS2 follow a similar model but use the VIPERS acronym to explore the different reading skills needed to fully comprehend texts. Whole class guided reading also involves exploration and expansion of vocabulary.
Whole school reading initiatives to raise the profile of reading with pupils and parents are termly. These comprise of: a visiting book fair in the autumn term, World Book Day focus in the Spring term and the Summer Reading Challenge to end the year. Lunchtime story club is popular amongst pupils and staff alike; fostering a shared love of stories.
- Pupils progression through the banded reading book levels are reviewed by teachers at key assessment points – three times a year. Individual reading books are tracked by teachers a minimum of half termly.
- Three times a year a PIRA assessment or SAT as well as a question level analysis is carried out to measure progress in this area and inform next steps of teaching and learning.