“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 practice 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'.
We start off on our reading journey with the teaching of Systematic Synthetic Phonics in Early Years and Key Stage One. Please see our Phonics page for further details:
By the end of the Autumn Term, all children in Reception will have started on their Reading journey. Children start off with picture books, using the pictures to make up and retell stories, whilst practicing the skills of holding the book the correct way up and turning the pages one by one. As children develop in their ability to apply their phonic knowledge, they begin to progress through the levels.
In school, we have a range of reading schemes; Project X, Fireflies, Dandelion Readers, Jelly and Bean, Floppy's Phonics and Oxford Reading Tree.
All of the books listed above 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 use phonic knowledge to decode and their understanding of the text, whether they can retrieve basic information from the text and infer meaning from what has been said.
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
- Each Key Stage has a refurbished library stocked with a range of high quality fiction texts. These libraries also house information texts and poetry books, but we are looking to extend our range.
- We have a library service, ran by two of our governors; Mrs Bristow and Mrs Davies. Each child has the opportunity to loan a book from the library each week so that they can access new books at home with their families.
- Each classroom has a reading area, filled with texts based upon their 'must reads', current topics and interests.
- Every year, we love taking part in World Book Day, a special day dedicated to books, in which we share our favourite texts with others, draw inspiration from authors and try our hand at being illustrators.
Encouraging a Love of Reading at Bickershaw Primary School
- 'The Readathon' - Each child in school is within a team, named after 6 of the best British Authors throughout History. Each time a child reads at home to an adult, they receive a point for their team; these points are represented by a pom pom on our display board.
- Scholastic Events - Every year we host the Scholastic Book Fair and two Scholastic Book Clubs. These give our pupil's the opportunity to buy the latest books at great prices. Also an added bonus is that for each £1 spent, school receives 25p in reward money for us to restock our libraries.
- Second Hand Book Sales - Each half term, we run a second hand book sale. Children bring pre-loved books into school which we then sell to raise funds. These funds go towards stocking our libraries and reading areas with the latest releases for our children to enjoy.
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.
For further information about the English Curriculum as a whole, please visit: https://www.bickershaw.wigan.sch.uk/virtual-office/school-curriculum-information/english