How we Teach Reading
At St Katherine’s School and Nursery, we believe that children become fluent readers by establishing a climate which creates positive attitudes towards books and reading. Children need to enjoy reading and see a purpose for it. We do this by:
- Each classroom having an inspiring and welcoming reading area with ‘Reading Ribbon’.
- A range of books in each classroom covering different genres.
- Children have the opportunity to share books and read to an adult.
- Weekly ERIC Time – Everybody reads in class for 10 minutes including all teachers.
- Regular Book Fairs.
- Book Weeks.
- Using Reading Records as a way of communicating with parents and monitoring reading.
- Reading Challenge Chart for home reading – Race to Read.
- The library being well stocked with a range of up to date fiction and non-fiction books for all ages.
- Classes using the library weekly to take books home and support them in school with their learning.
- Giving children time to browse and select books for a variety of purposes.
- Teachers reading regularly to all children from a range of high quality literature.
Teaching Strategies for Reading
Reading is taught in our school through a range of teaching strategies. At the present time, these strategies are taught to support the objectives in the National Curriculum. Reading is taught in a variety of ways:
- Guided Reading Time – Reading Time sessions form the backbone of the reading curriculum in school. Children are grouped according to ability for the reading session and books are selected to reflect ability as well as provide stimulating content. Each child is given the opportunity to read, share ideas and look closely at the text. This allows the teacher to pick out specific pointers and allows all the readers to develop a higher degree of reading inference.
- Shared Reading - Whole class texts such as Big Books or ICT based resources are used by the teacher in order to focus on specific teaching points to do with reading and story structure. The use of ‘Bug Club’ helps support this.
- Class reading book – Reading Ribbon.
- Phonic Exercises – The children are taught about the sounds of individual words and groups of words. This follows the programme of work outlined in the Progression of Letters and Sounds.
- Spelling Games and Activities- Children have the opportunity to explore spelling games and activities.
- We encourage parents to allow their child use ‘Bug Club’ at home to support their reading and to hear their children read regularly.