At Oldhill Community Primary School our aim is to encourage children to read for pleasure and to develop a real passion for reading. In Early Years and KS1 children take part in guided reading sessions. In reception this is called ‘Reading Through Play’, where children work in groups to complete a highly structured reading programme. In years 1 and 2 children work in groups on reading activities. One group will read with the teacher whilst the other groups work either on independent activities or read with an additional adult. The activities the children engage in are planned to develop their love of reading, spelling and grammar as well as support them in applying their reading skills.
In KS2, years 3-6, children follow Destination Reading. Pupil read, alongside their teacher, a text at a challenging level. they then unpick the text to fully understand the deeper meanings of the text and new vocabulary. Children also read books at their own independent reading level 2 days a weeks leading up to a whole class comprehension activity based on their text or an unseen text.
Every class within the school has a book corner full of books to spark children’s imagination and encourage their passion for reading. There is a range of books to suit all abilities as well as magazines, comics and newspapers. Book corners are inviting areas for the children to sit and get stuck into a good book. They are encouraged to interact with the displays around the book corner and make suggestions on how to make it better.
Children also take home reading books weekly to read at home. Children are then awarded reading miles for each time they read their books at home and are awarded certificates and prizes in assembly.
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