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Throughout their time at Northbourne CEP, children will build their fluency and confidence in reading, whilst developing a love and passion for reading a range of genres, from poems and rhymes, traditional tales, fairy tales and a range of stories, to non-fiction texts and information sources. Children will read for a variety of purposes from our well stocked library and foster a life-long enjoyment of reading, fuelling children’s imaginations and wellbeing. Our children at Northbourne show a great enthusiasm for reading.

Children will use and develop their reading skills across our broad curriculum. Purposely chosen whole class texts are selected, linked to the class topics and appropriateness to the children’s age or reading skills. Skills are taught through whole class reading time, individual reading with a particular focus and D.E.A.R time. All working together to make a confident and independent reader, ready for wherever their journey takes them.

 DEAR Time- Drop Everything and Read

During this dedicated time each day, children will be provided with opportunities to read for enjoyment by …

  • Sharing a book with a friend
  • Reading silently on their own
  • Listening to a friend read
  • Listening to a whole class story read by the class teacher
  • Listening to a friend’s story as a class

How will children develop their reading skills?

Early Years and Key Stage 1

Children will develop their early reading skills

Key Stage 2

Children will develop skills to become established readers

Children will explore concepts of print, who, what, where etc and develop their phonics skills in stages. Reading skills are taught in isolation and easy reads chosen for comprehension and reading skills. Genres are taught in isolation and unpicked.

Children begin recognising and explaining genres and explore current SPaG identified or used to improve the text. Reading skills taught in combinations and isolation and children write answers to different question types.

Children will also develop their reading and inference skills through –

  • Making connections
  • Predicting
  • Visualising
  • Reading like a detective
  • Developing fix-up strategies
  • VIP- isolating and investigating very important words or phrases
  • Getting the gist

Our Reading Scheme for Individual Reading

During the Early Years Foundation stage, children will explore books for pleasure and develop their discussions around stories, predicting events, describing characters and what they can see. Children will begin to take home reading activities linked to their Phonics Phase, to develop their decoding and blending skills, for example matching words to pictures. Children will then take home books from our Home Reading Scheme, which will focus on developing their reading skills, being supported both at home and at school. Our reading scheme ranges from Oxford Reading Tree to PM books and much more. Throughout EYFS and Key Stage 1, children will progress through our varied and colour banded/levelled reading scheme according to their phonics phase and next steps, reading widely and increasing their vocabulary. Some may be familiar reads, to support reading with enjoyment and fluency. Please read with your children as often as you can.

Reading Pro

Reading Pro is a program which matches a range of books to children’s comprehension skills and usually begins when children enter Key Stage 2. Each time children finish a book they can complete a test to check how well they have understood it. It is important that they answer questions about these books to ensure that they have understood them and can make deductions and analyse a range of texts.

Northbourne CEP School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all Governors, staff, volunteers, parents and carers to share this commitment.