We value reading as an essential part of children’s learning at Mossgate. We believe that promoting the enjoyment of reading is of equal importance to teaching important reading skills. Over the school year, there are planned events with a focus on reading such as Storytelling Day.
Children take part in whole class reading lessons every day where they develop reading skills in decoding and comprehension. There are also opportunities for children to develop their reading skills through cross curricular reading linked to the topics being taught.
In all classes, group or guided reading also takes place. These lessons focus on consolidating the reading skills taught in whole class lessons which are appropriate for the ability of the group.
A class novel or story is read to the children on a regular basis. This text is carefully picked so that it is linked to the learning taking place in the class and over the year, a range of text types are read to the children. Reading to the children gives them the opportunity to listen to the adult modelling fluent reading that uses expression and intonation.
Throughout the school week, children in all classes are heard read by the class teacher, teaching assistant, parents or other volunteers.
In all of the reading opportunities given to our children, there are a range of age appropriate texts from fiction, non-fiction, poetry and play scripts.
Sequences of English lessons give children the opportunity to develop their skills in reading and responding to texts as well as analysing the features of texts in order to write them.
We believe that the understanding of language and vocabulary is extremely important, therefore, time is taken to model and teach a range of strategies to improve this important skill.
As well as decoding and understanding the meaning of words in a book, in all reading lessons children learn to talk about the characters, settings and main events, learn to predict what will happen next and summarise what has already happened. They also learn how to find and locate information in books and use this information to infer why things happen. Children are also taught about the themes of texts as well as how to talk about their opinions of books, making connections to what they have read.
Ongoing formative assessments allow teachers in all classes to identify groups and individual children who have gaps and intervention groups are set up to support the children in progressing with their reading. In addition to weekly formative assessments, termly assessments take place to assess reading.
Home reading is very important and takes high priority at Mossgate. Children have access to a wide range of different books and are expected to read at least 4 times a week in EYFS and Key Stage 1 and to complete at least one Accelerated Reader quiz a week in Key Stage 2.
In Reception and KS1 (infants), children’s home reading books are linked to the phonics lessons in school.
In KS2 (juniors), children’s home reading books are linked to their reading ability. Children have a reading level range (known as a ZPD in school) which staff and children use to choose suitable books. Book levels are based on:
1) Average sentence length within the book
2) Vocabulary difficulty within the book
Books can have the same book level (see label on the book spine and inside of the book cover) but look very different - never judge a book by its cover! On the spine, the book also has an additional code of MY (Middle Years – age 9-13) and LY (Lower Years – age 5-8). Children in Years 3 and 4 can choose books from either LY or MY.