Reading

At Park View Primary Academy [PVPA] , teachers promote a positive reading culture through all areas of the curriculum from the very first day of school. Fiction, poetry and non-fiction books are available for every child to read and enjoy both in school and to read at home. We are determined to support our children in being the very best readers that they can be. It is important to us, that children at Park View Primary Academy develop a lifelong love for reading, so throughout the year, reading events and opportunities are planned for, to elevate the standing of reading. These events include: PVPA Book Shop, whole school reading days, author / illustrator visits, book giveaways and charities days such as World Book Day.

Aims

Our aims in the teaching of reading for 2021 -2022 are:

  • To develop a sound knowledge of phonics, thus equipping our children with the essential skills to read
  • To expose our children to a vocabulary rich diet of reading
  • To provide a consistent and progressive approach to teaching reading through challenging, high quality and age appropriate texts
  • To implement effective comprehension strategies so that pupils’ ability to read for meaning improves and challenges the most able
  • To ensure all children improve their fluency, and thus support at least good progress in reading for every child
  • To develop a love for reading by providing real books that foster an interest in a variety of texts and genres, both fiction and non-fiction.

Approach

  • Phonics and early reading is taught with fidelity using a bespoke phonics programme built around ‘Letters and Sounds’ across the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. Through this programme we develop the children’s phonological awareness, ability to segment and blend words and read tricky words by sight – in order to become fluent readers.
  • Early reading – teachers only use books that are fully decodable at the pupils level allowing them to apply their current phonics knowledge. Reading books are carefully matched to the phonics phase that pupils are working in and children are able to talk about their favourite books.
  • The Park View Reading Strategy is designed to develop vocabulary, a wider knowledge and reading comprehension skills. It takes place EVERY day from Y1-Y6.
  • Fluency is addressed at every opportunity. One of the most visible features of fluent readers is their ability to read orally with appropriate expression or prosody. A dedicated fluency session is taught at least 3 times a week.
  • Independent reading – children in Key Stage 2 are given the opportunity to read independently every day.
  • Interventions  – interventions are delivered daily to any child who is not making the expected progress by experienced teachers and LSAs
  • Assessment takes various forms of both formative and summative at all stages of the child’s learning, and progress is tracked rigorously in weekly RAG meetings with Key Stage leaders and the Head of Academy
  • Love of reading is defined by the ongoing initiatives throughout school. In addition to these, a newly refurbished central area is dedicated to the Love of Reading which is a pleasurable shared area where children can choose reading materials of their choice, be it fiction, non-fiction, magazines, real books and electronic devices.
  • Home reading – all children take home books every day to read. Children following the phonics scheme take books that are phonically decodable and match their current learning alongside a book that will stretch their learning and understanding. Once children are reading more fluently they choose books to go home that follow their lexile level that is determined from data from Reading Plus. KS1 pupils have access to Bug Club reading materials that are set at their reading level and KS2 pupils complete online reading through Reading Plus. Both of these systems monitor the reading of the children. All children have loan of a Samsung tablet.

We use praise and rewards to encourage reading. By surrounding children with books we create a culture of reading early on. All pupils are given a book bag and series of traditional tales when they join our Early Years provision. Parents are also invite to attend ‘Stay and Play’ sessions where they can read with their children.

Alongside this, we provide every child with a tablet in Key Stage 2 which gives them access to Reading Plus, an app with over 1000 fiction and non-fiction texts. Each half term we choose two Reading Plus champions who have devoted themselves to improving their reading and accelerating their progress.

Miss Stephenson – our Literacy Lead – also runs a book shop where pupils can buy books for £1 or less. If you would like to visit the shop with your children please let the reception know.

Read it – Talk it – Write it

Year 4 – Minibeasts
Year 5 -Creepy Crawlies

Year 5 spent a couple of days reading a fiction extract from Paul Shipton’s novel Bug Muldoon and the Killer in the Rain followed by a non-fiction transcript of a short science video all about insects. Their new knowledge helped them to have the understanding to have a quality discussion about including insects in their diet. They practised their Oracy skills at the same time. Once they were immersed in ideas and understanding, they completed either a story ending to Bug Muldoon or a double page spread explaining why they should include insects in our diet.

Year 5 – Examples of our Read it, Talk it, Write it strategy in action.