Reading at Pucklechurch
Reading is a vital skill that will support children’s learning across the whole curriculum. As a school, we will ensure that our children are taught to read with fluency, accuracy and understanding through a variety of discreet and cross-curricular learning opportunities. Above all, we want children in our school to become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers who love and enjoy reading.
The development of reading cannot be seen in isolation from writing, speaking and listening and role-play. The best readers are the best writers - we read as writers and write as readers! Strategies for writing, speaking and listening and role-play therefore form an integral part of this reading policy.
In our school, we will strive to give pupils a stimulating environment, where children explore reading in a variety of ways and help them to progress. Furthermore, within English lessons we create an environment that stimulates the generation of ideas from texts where all ideas are accepted and valued.
- Instil children with a love of reading that lasts for their lifetime, share with them an enthusiasm for children’s literature and help children to recognise the value of reading as a life skill.
- Encourage children to become enthusiastic and reflective readers by introducing them to good quality books, from a variety of cultures and in a range of different styles and formats.
- Develop our children’s understanding of a variety of text types including non-fiction, fiction, poetry and drama.
- Develop children’s confidence, fluency, and independence when reading for different purposes.
- Develop children’s abilities to reflect on and have an interest in what they have read and the language and punctuation choices made by the author.
- Use drama and role-play, where appropriate, to immerse children in the text.
- Ensure our children have sound phonic awareness and use phonics as a first approach to reading.
We use the Letters & Sounds Phonics Scheme.
We have a useful guide for parents about how children can be supported at home - please click here.
Phonics is taught daily in Reception and KS1 through a range of whole class phonics sessions and small group sessions following the different phase sounds. Please find below our phonics progression ladder
Big Cat phonics reading books
The children's phonics levels match their phonics books so they can continue to practise their phonics at home. Alongside their banded books the children can also take home a 'Reading for pleasure' book which has been zoned accordingly. We believe that children should be exposed to range of books where they can practise their phonics as well as enjoy a book that they would just like to read.
Power of Reading- Key Texts
In every year group or hub we have a text that drives each unit and allows the children to get fully immersed within their theme for that term. We believe in the power of reading and wish to instil a love of reading with every child.
Please find an overview of our texts that we will be using throughout the year, however some texts may change as the year progresses.
Reading for Pleasure
We believe all children have a passion for reading, here is a list of recommended reading books for each Key Stage that we encourage the children to read before the end of their Key Stage.
EYFS-KS1 (Years R-2)
LKS2 (Years 3-4)
UKS2 (Years 5 and 6)