Intent: Reading is of key importance and we want every child at Newton Primary School to love books. ‘Book talk’ is at the centre of our reading sessions, where we encourage the children to engage in discussions and debates, as well as ask to questions about what they have read. Each classroom has an inviting reading area and our library, ‘The Book Nook’, is at the heart of the school. The children are welcome to browse here to find a book to enjoy.
Implementation: Reading is taught in whole class sessions following a bi-weekly planning format, based on Pie Corbett’s 'Talk for Reading' approach. 7 key reading skills are taught across school; these are woven into all reading sessions, providing the children with opportunities to apply them to a range of question types, thus deepening their understanding when answering comprehension questions. Sentence stems are used during reading sessions to provide children with the opportunities to both ‘read as a writer’ and ‘read as a reader’. The texts used within these reading sessions are of high quality and designed to be ‘unpicked’ over the course of approximately two weeks with a focus on high level vocabulary. Some of this work is documented in reading jotters whereas some lessons are purely verbal or practical and require no written outcome. These books are acknowledged, though not marked in depth by the teacher; they provide opportunities for concise reading skills practice for the children. Regular cross-curricular opportunities for comprehension and similar application of skills are provided. Each class also has a whole class reading book which is read to them by the teacher at the end of each day. This book is intended purely as an opportunity for the children to listen to and enjoy a story.
Impact: The children are assessed during each reading session through their verbal contributions. The jotters that the children use also provide regular assessment opportunities for the teachers. In addition to this, teacher assessment is validated through termly summative assessments, using PIRA reading papers from Year 1 – 6. In Key Stage 2, the children also take part in a scheme called Accelerated Reader where they are assessed regularly and given an appropriate reading band to allow enjoyment and suitable challenge.