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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.
  • Daily reading in all classes
  • Reading 1:1 – with teachers/teaching assistants and our large band of active volunteers
  • In KS2 we have introduced Reading Journals 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 - our phonics scheme follows the Babcock 'letters and sounds' approach 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.