“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
Exposing Children to Quality Texts at Bickershaw Church of England Primary School
As the above quote states, here at Bickershaw Church of England Primary School, we strongly believe that reading can stimulate the imagination and transport children to different worlds, develop their vocabulary and help them to find out interesting facts about the world in which we live.
As a result of this, we strive to provide our children with quality texts, matched to their topics, reading level and age. We purposefully dedicate time to reading as we understand its importance; each class has reading lessons, in which the children practise the skills associated with being a confident reader and time is also provided to listen to and enjoy stories, information texts or poetry each day.
Below, you can see some of our 'Core Texts'.
Once the children can recognise some graphemes and they can blend sounds together to read words, they start their reading journey (for more information about our chosen Systematic Synthetic Phonics programme, and the progression of phonics at our school, please follow this link: https://www.bickershaw.wigan.sch.uk/virtual-office/school-curriculum-information/phonics-and-reading).
From the autumn term in Reception, the children access Reading Sessions three times per week. These Reading Sessions use wordless and fully decodable books which are matched to our SSP, Little Wandle. Within a week, the children read their book three times. Each time they read, the focus of the session changes so that they can practice their skills of decoding, prosody and comprehension. These sessions continue throughout Year One, and into Year Two, until the children can apply their phonic knowledge confidently. Each child's learning journey is different and so some children may continue to access Reading Sessions beyond Year Two.
Once the children have completed their 'Early Reading' journey, and they can confidently read decodable texts, they then move to reading banded books. All of the books have a 'Book Band'; a colour and number which determines the level of the text. At the end of each half term, we assess our children's reading; focussing on their ability to read fluently and their understanding of the text, whether they can retrieve basic information from the text and infer meaning from what has been said. We have a range of reading schemes in school to enable the children to follow their interests, however we mainly stock 'Project X' and 'Oxford Reading Tree' books.
Below, you can see the 'level' at which we expect the average child to be reading at:
Promoting a Love of Books at Bickershaw Primary School
Encouraging a Love of Reading at Bickershaw Primary School
Promoting Reading at Home
We expect children to be reading to an adult or discussing a text for 15 minutes a day. We believe that time needs to be spent re-reading a text to develop pace and expression; when a child can read the text fluently, time should then be spent discussing the events of the text, practicing the skills of: predicting, inferring, retrieving, summarising, sequencing and making links.
As well as giving children time to practice their own skills, they should also be exposed to more challenging texts, read to them by an adult. These experiences grow a child's world of possibilities and encourage them to think imaginatively and build upon their range of vocabulary. It also ignites a curiosity in the world around them and gets them to ask questions.