Woodley Primary school has a clear, consistent, whole school approach to the teaching of reading. Our intention is that all children leave our school being able to read confidently and fluently in order to access all areas of the curriculum, as reading is fundamental to many aspects of life. By supporting our children to develop their reading skills, we aim to prepare children for the next stage of their academic journey and to have a love of reading for pleasure, as well as reading for meaning.
We recognise the significance of proficient reading skills as being a key factor in the academic and social success of our children both during their time at primary school and beyond into their adult lives.
‘Pupils who can read are overwhelmingly more likely to succeed at school, achieve good qualifications, and subsequently enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding career. In addition to its substantial practical benefits, reading is one of life’s profound joys.
As pupils master decoding, it is vital that they are supported to develop speed and fluency, so that they become confident, mature readers. The best way to do this is to instil a passion for reading. Evidence shows that as the amount a child reads increases, their reading attainment improves, which in turn encourages them to read more. Reading widely also increases their vocabulary.’
‘Reading: the next steps. Supporting higher standards in schools’
Reading is taught daily in every class through teacher-led sessions, where a range of quality texts are used in order to inspire the children. We like to give our children a varied reading diet to engage and entertain all readers, of every ability and taste. Questioning is used to develop children’s comprehension skills and children learn to be respectful to their peers during discussion as opportunities to answer questions orally can be thought provoking, insightful and it allows children to think creatively about others’ interpretations.
We also used Pie Corbett’s reading spine to share a class novel every half term. This gives our children the opportunity to listen to a story, no matter their age, and enjoy a book they may not otherwise have read. Our children value this story sharing time and it is a key part of our learning time. This also encourages our children to be ambitious with their own reading as they use class recommendations to venture beyond their reading comfort zone.