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Reading Information

The Federation’s love for reading continues at the Junior school, where it is at the heart of everything we do. Children are immersed in a wide range of reading material, ranging from exciting and engaging class texts through to reading across the curriculum, researching their current topic. Pupils share their love of reading with each other and recommendations guide peers with their own reading choices.  

Phonics in KS2 

To ensure continuity across the Federation and maintain the reading progress achieved at the Infants, phonics screening data is shared between Year 2 and Year 3 teachers as well as the Reading Lead. This quickly enables us to highlight children in Year 3 who might need additional, personalised support with their phonics understanding. This is reflected in Years 4, 5 and 6 where additional Phonics for Reading and/ or Spelling support is provided along with 1:1 reading intervention.   

Teaching Reading 

Our ‘Power of Reading’ approach to teaching writing, through high-quality texts engages readers of all abilities.  

Whole class Guided Reading takes place on a weekly basis where children develop their understanding of a text either independently, collaboratively with a partner or through guided teacher modelling and support. These lessons may be part of a ‘PoR’ sequence or discrete texts linked to our topics. Children are all familiar with the ‘Reading Dogs’ in their guided reading lessons where each reading comprehension skill/ domain is given a focus. See document below for further information about the reading skill linked to each Reading Dog and related questions.  

A love for reading a wide breadth of books is encouraged and supported through the ‘100 Reads’ challenge. By the end of their phase, the children have the opportunity to read 100 books from an extensive number of titles, including non-fiction and poetry, with prizes and certificates along the way. Find out more here: https://www.backwellfederation.co.uk/page/?title=100+Reads+Challenge%21&pid=53  

Supporting Reading at home 

Sharing a book at home, from Reception to Year 6, has endless benefits.  From developing language and communication skills to providing escapism and bringing about a sense of comfort, it should never be underestimated. Please see resources attached for ideas linked to sharing a book at home.  

In terms of the children’s own independent reading, at the Junior School, we ask that all children read at least 3 times a week at home to develop their fluency, intonation/ prosody and comprehension.  

Here are some top tips for supporting reading at home if it doesn’t always come naturally: 

  • Take it in turns to read the book (a sentence/ page each) 
  • Mix up fiction with non-fiction- reading recipes, websites, magazines etc. (these will all count as weekly reads!) 
  • Visit our local library and get your child to get excited about the huge number of books available! 
  • Help your child to create a cosy reading area that they are excited to read in 
  • Use the 100 Reads booklist as a starting point for new titles/ authors or click on this link which will take you to a list of award-winning/ shortlisted authors: https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/genre/pw/All-Shortlists-and-Winners.html  

Intent

Reading is at the heart of the curriculum at Backwell Junior School and this is something that we take pride in. Our goal is for not only every child to become a fluent reader but for every child to develop a love for reading. At Backwell Junior School we understand how important it is to be able to read at an age-appropriate standard as this greatly improves every child’s life chances. Reading develops language and communication skills and this is at the forefront of our curriculum offer.

Implementation

At Backwell Junior School, children are immersed in a wide range of reading material, whether it is through listening to their class teacher sharing a class novel, through their own independent reader or through a selected text for guided reading. Texts taught in previous years leave a lasting impression and our ‘Power of Reading’ approach to teaching writing though high quality texts, engages pupils of all abilities. A range of topic based non-fiction texts are available for the children to access in each classroom, enabling them to read around their different topics.

All children have access to a variety of texts on their class bookshelf. As well as parental recording in their Reading Records, children note down the titles read in their individual Reading Logs kept in school, enabling class teachers to monitor for suitability and variety. As a way of increasing engagement in their chosen reading book, once a few chapters are read, children complete an activity on their ‘Reading Response Bingo’ task sheet.

Continuity with the West Leigh Infants reading scheme is maintained via assessment data from the Year 2 teachers. This also enables us to highlight children in Year 3 who might need additional support with their phonics, where through shared data and our own baseline assessment, individual phonic needs are targeted and supported. This is reflected in Years 4, 5 and 6 where additional Phonics into Spelling support is provided along with 1:1 reading intervention.

We have a school library which houses a large range of non-fiction and fiction texts, colour coded for age-suitability. Classes visit the library on a regular basis.

A love for reading a wide breadth of books is encouraged and supported through the ‘100 Reads’ challenge. By the end of their phase, the children have the opportunity to read 100 books from an extensive number of titles, including non-fiction and poetry, with prizes and certificates along the way.

Whole class Guided Reading takes place on a weekly basis where children develop their understanding of a text either independently, collaboratively with a partner or through guided teacher modelling and support. These lessons may be part of a ‘PoR’ sequence or discrete texts linked to our topics. Children are all familiar with the ‘Reading Dogs’ in their guided reading lessons where each reading comprehension skill/ domain is given a focus.

Impact

By the time children leave Backwell Junior School, not only will they be able to read with fluency but they will have gained a love for reading. Children will be able to talk enthusiastically about the books they have read and recommend books to others.  Our children will show an understanding of what they read, inferring meaning and be able to comment on an author’s use of language. Our ‘Power of Reading’ led English curriculum, ensures that the children’s writing is always structured around high quality texts, enabling them to engage in all areas of the curriculum.