Reading is taught in line with objectives set out in the Programmes of Study from the new English Curriculum 2014. We believe all children should have the opportunity to read widely and develop their awareness of the world. Children will experience a wealth of different genres including both fiction and non-fiction during their time at the school. Reading is a high priority both in and out of school; we value parental support to develop our children’s learning potential. Our children are immersed in a range of diverse and inclusive, modern texts linked to curriculum learning opportunities.
The English Curriculum
At Kingfisher, we foster a love of reading to ensure our children become fluent, confident readers. To achieve this we focus on the following areas:
Opportunities to read
All our children read daily. We have an array of high quality texts both in our classrooms and our reference library.
We are fortunate enough to have volunteers from our local community who give up their free time to hear children read alongside our school staff. We promote reading at home with parents and have our own 'Reading Buddies' who promote a love of reading within our school; they regularly visit classes to read to other children.
Visitors and visits
Throughout the year, children receive visits or online webinars from authors. We ensure there is a mix of authors.
Author of the Term:
Each half-term we highlight and promote a new author for children to explore. Authors such as: Michael Morpurgo, Onjali Q Rauf, Cressida Cowell, Dick King-Smith & Mini Grey.
Our children are always set a 'Summer Reading Challenge', World Book Day reading challenges alongside class challenges to promote a love of reading.
Enriching children's vocabulary
At Kingfisher, we have created a language rich environment to develop children's oracy and vocabulary skills. From the start of EYFS, children are exposed to a range of high level, technical and advanced vocabulary; this is reflected in their writing across the curriculum.
Weakest 20% Readers
All children in EYFS and KS1 are heard at least once a week by the class teacher or LSA. In KS2, all children are heard by an adult at least x1pw.
Our lowest 20% readers all receive targeted reading practice with an adult. Children receive rapid intervention and the focus is on supporting children to achieve age related expectations through support and individual targets; their progress is regularly monitored through intervention logs and monitoring.
Comprehension is a key feature of weekly English lessons. Children receive a weekly discrete comprehension lesson as part of a carefully sequenced curriculum alongside daily questions and modelling to elicit understanding and develop responses.
GPS - Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling
All children are taught using a carefully planned, spiralised SPaG curriculum following the NC. Our progression of skills and knowledge ensures that children make excellent progress and build upon their existing understanding through practice and daily writing opportunities.
Speaking and listening
We provide daily opportunities for speaking and listening through questioning, planned activities, partner talk and opportunities for each year group to perform through a year group production.
How can I help support my child with their reading?
We value the support that parents can offer with reading and actively encourage all children to read outside of school. Research proves that children who read outside of school are more likely to read at their expected age so we work with Parents to facilitate this.