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Reading at Buckfastleigh

How we teach reading at Buckfastleigh Primary School

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We promote a positive reading culture and encourage a love of books and learning through reading. This is supported by author visits/links with the local library/whole school book events and adults as positive reading role models.

  • Attractive and well stocked school Library and class book corners/dens – inviting and stocked with age appropriate texts, including books from our literary heritage reviewed at the end of 2015 – 2016
  • Daily reading in all classes
  • Reading 1:1 – with teachers/teaching assistants and volunteers
  • In KS2 we have introduced Reading Journals this academic year (2016-2017) which include a selection of reading response activities linking to the national curriculum objectives to give a greater focus to independent and teaching sessions with a clear focus on developing reciprocal reading skills. This will provide us with a log of activities carried out by the children as well as formative assessment opportunities. These assessments are recorded on to our online assessment system.
  • Key reading Skills/objectives are taught to a whole class or group where appropriate (in line with our approach to teaching and learning in other subjects)– this is then followed up/repeated/pre taught with children in smaller groups or individually where necessary. Children have opportunities to practice and consolidate new skills and to deepen understanding.
  • We have created our own video exemplar of the EXS created by staff at the end of 2016 for each year group from F to Y6.
  • Buddy reading – children are paired with a buddy from a younger class and take on the role of teachers giving top tips to their reading buddies and also enjoying reading books to them and listening to them read.
  • Children are read a range of texts in their own classes and also in UKS2 we have a class read where children are given opportunities to engage in book talk and to read and share a text aloud. This is often a featured author or based on a recommendation from a child.
  • The children take home daily – reading record in KS1 and Y3/4 for parent/teacher comments and to record reading at home.
  • KS1 and lower KS2 children choose from a range of banded books in the classroom at an appropriate level – choices are guided by staff and assessed regularly
  • Children’s book choices (particularly when they become free readers) are monitored daily through book talk and through reading journals to ensure appropriateness of level/age. Children are explicitly taught what a book may look like if it is age/level appropriate
  • Big Read – children are encouraged to read and adults also model themselves as readers – this is to develop a positive reading culture and to encourage the children to develop reading stamina– particularly in KS2/reading for a sustained amount of time followed by discussion or incorporating key objective activity
  • Phonics (Babcock letters and sounds) and decoding skills are taught across KS1 and KS2 along with high frequency words in KS1 and lower KS2 and appropriate key words in UKS2
  • Oxford Reading Tree is the predominant reading scheme used across KS1 and lower KS2.