At Beckstone Primary School, reading is a top priority. It is a key driver for our curriculum and we all work closely together to ensure our children have rich, enjoyable and varied reading experiences. Fluent readers can engage critically with a range of texts, develop their ability to analyse, consider and question and also grow to love their language. We aim to develop a love and appreciation of reading and hope to achieve this through careful planning and teaching using up to date strategies. We use quality reading materials and resources within: phonics, literacy and whole class reading sessions.
At our school your child will:
Whole Class Text Study - English lessons are often planned around a quality text which is carefully selected to either link to the learning topic or to be read as a text in its own right. Across the year, these texts will include a literary classic as well as texts which have been chosen due to the many opportunities of vocabulary development they offer.
Children will engage in many reading activities which will promote a deeper comprehension of the text before pausing the book study to embark on a sequence of work which results in a written outcome, all linked to the text
Guided Reading - Teachers work with small groups of pupils to teach specific and targeted reading skills in a book that is sufficiently challenging. Other groups of children engage in book related activities which develop their comprehension, reading for pleasure or recall skills.
Reading across the Curriculum - Pupils read a range of books linked to other areas of their learning. There is very much a focus on 'reading to learn' across foundation curriculum areas, with children engaging in wider research, both online and through fiction and non-fiction texts.
Reading Scheme – At Beckstone, we use a range of schemes including Oxford Reading Tree Scheme until reading is fluent and fully comprehended. We use No Nonsense Phonics to teach early reading and all home reading is structured to give children the opportunity to practice the phonemes they are learning as well as taking home a “Together Time” book of their choice to share with their grown up at home.
Reading is supported in class, in Breakfast Club and across the school day by teachers, teaching assistants, peers, lunchtime buddies and volunteers. Parents are also asked to read with their child at home and ‘Strive for Five’ times a week. Those that do are entered into a fortnightly draw with prizes for the child and the parent. Finally reading comprehension is supported with the use of ‘Accelerated Reader’ and ‘Reading Plus’ which assess comprehension, develop reading speed and continually assess to target the next steps in reading development.
Becktone Reading Tree - From Nursery to Y6, books are read to pupils so they can hear good examples of reading aloud and develop an enthusiasm for reading books themselves. Each stage has a Reading Tree of top quality books both modern and classic, which enable children and teacher to share exciting, funny and emotional stories together and discuss their responses to them.
Beckstone Bus Buddies - Y5 children are given the opportunity to be Reading Buddies on our school reading bus. Twice in their lunchtime, Bus Buddies listen to KS1 children read. The KS1 children may not be reaching their Strive for Five target or may need or want a little extra reading practice. Bus Buddies listen and read to these children, There are always lots and lots of volunteers to get involved in supporting the younger children with their reading.
In Year 6, children take part in the Spellbinding Reading Project every year. The children read a brand new selection of books and then vote on their favourite. Their opinions are entered into a Cumbria wide vote and the winner is announced in Summer Term.
By the time our children leave Beckstone Primary School, they are competent readers who can share their views on their reading. They have read and experienced a range of genres including poetry. They can also read books to enhance their knowledge and understanding of their curriculum and can communicate their understanding to a wider audience.