Every class across school benefits from a timetabled ‘class reader’ time where children are exposed to a range of diverse literature. During this session, stories, poems and non-fiction texts are shared and explored through talk, where children show the ability to respond to whole texts personally. Children’s vocabulary and language is increased through listening and this time gives them a further opportunity to meet words they would rarely hear or use in everyday speech. Teachers, as confident ‘storytellers’, inspire and promote the love of reading through their choice of engaging yet complex texts, and through their use of expression when reading aloud to their class.
Teachers as Readers
All staff show a passion for reading throughout school and take responsibility for promoting the love of reading. Staff show rigour in the reading curriculum, ensuring their pedagogy, reading environments and book chat are a high priority. Staff know children as readers well and read books relevant to them and their community, they are able to recommend books to children and talk about book they have read with confidence.
Reading for Pleasure
Reading for pleasure is promoted and celebrated throughout school. Allowing children to read widely, each class has its own class library which is frequently updated with new and exciting texts (fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, newspapers and poetry). Reading ambassadors are responsible for the organisation and running of the libraries as well as encouraging all children within their team to develop a love of reading.
Children throughout school receive praise in reading lessons in line with our school behaviour policy. Additionally, on a termly basis, children may receive a ‘Responsible Reader Award’ for showing a commitment to reading inside and outside school. They may also gain a ‘Moving Up’ Certificate as they progress through reading stages or a ‘Reader of the Month’ Certificate for going above and beyond in reading. EYFS celebrate reading during ‘Open House’ where parents are able to join them.
Various events promote a further love of reading throughout the year, including:
- World Book Day
- Scholastics Book Fair
- Annual visit from a poet/author
- Primary School Debates
- Year 6 Leavers (bible presentation)
- Library sessions (Nursery)
- Stay and Learn
- Inspire Workshops
- Class Library Competitions
- Book Sales
- Christmas (gift of a book from Father Christmas)
Please see our diary of reading events for more information.