“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney
Reading is central to our ability to understand, interpret and communicate with each other and the world around us. Success in reading has a direct effect on progress in all areas of the curriculum; therefore reading is given a high priority, enabling the children to become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers across a wide range of literature, including different text types and genres.
Reading is a complex skill with many components. Our successful approaches to the teaching of reading encourage children to use a variety of strategies in their pursuit of meaning. It is important to lay firm foundations in this crucial area of the curriculum and establish a consistent whole school approach to the teaching of reading.
Reading should be an enjoyable experience, and allows children to develop both their imagination and their vocabulary. Independent readers should be encouraged to read for a sustained length of time allowing them to become ‘lost in a book’.
Daily Guided Reading
At MBA the children have a daily guided reading session – at the beginning of this lesson there is a whole class taught skill to support progress in reading. Here the children will taught a combination of the key reading skills as part of the primary reading curriculum. These are vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval, summary and sequencing. By using the mnemonic VIPERS, children have a consistent approach and understanding of how these skills allow for further understanding of texts. By having the initial taught session children can express their understanding of each element of reading using a variety of genres ranging from fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
After the taught session two groups of children will benefit from adult support (Teacher and TA led) each day so that by the end of the week each pupil will have had small group support to develop their reading ability. During this time adults and children can share a variety of texts and dig deeper into the meanings behind language. This informal discussion gives the child freedom to fully express and immerse themselves within the book choice.
Within learning at home, children can access a multitude of books through our online learning platform Active Learning. Here the children can access a variety of texts, alongside comprehension questions and book reviews to continue their love of reading at home. By having termly reading breakfasts, this also allows reading to become an active part of the pupil, teacher and parent relationship. Here we provide the opportunity for parents and children to share the love of reading together but also allows for discussions with staff to support reading at home and find out more about reading within school.
To find out more about how we teach reading at MBA please click below. There is also a link to the online learning platform.
Reading at home
Currently we will be issuing reading books through Active Learning due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please log in daily to read the books allocated.
Children are currently provided with a reading diary and reading book for them to keep in school for guided reading sessions and share with teaching staff.
Books can be borrowed for a two week period. Every Thursday after school parents and carers are welcome into the school library to choose books with their children to read at home, in addition to their class book. (currently suspended due to COVID 19)
Each class has a library slot to select their free choice book for reading at home. (currently suspended due to COVID 19)