Reading subject information

Throughout the curriculum we aim to ensure that all children become competent, confident and life-long readers. As a school, we recognise that reading underpins all other learning and is a crucial skill required to give our children the best start in life.

Intent

At Thorpepark Academy, we provide an engaging, high-quality reading curriculum that will equip all pupils with the skills they need to be accurate and fluent readers. We ensure that learning to read is prioritised when pupils join the school and that these skills are developed year upon year.

In addition to children’s precise word reading capabilities, we ensure that insightful comprehension is gained through developing the key reading skills that underpin Thorpepark’s reading curriculum. These skills include:

  • Predicting
  • Clarifying
  • Inferring
  • Questioning
  • Thinking
  • Summarising

Our reading curriculum aims to lay the foundations for the children’s future and our philosophy is that pupils will learn to read, in order to read to learn. Gaining these fundamental skills will allow our pupils to become enthusiastic, effective and critical readers.

Through interactive, fun and stimulating lessons, the children will follow a robust phonics programme (Bug Club Pearsons) to develop their early reading skills. The school uses phonic units that children progress through as their phonic knowledge grows. Fully phonically-decodable books are provided to ensure that children can apply their existing knowledge with confidence. Once pupils have worked through all phonic units, benchmarking assessments are used to assess children’s word reading and comprehension abilities which ensures that the books they read independently are providing appropriate challenge.

Our engaging reading curriculum, aims to inspire children to develop a genuine and long-lasting love of reading. The use of quality texts, detailed on each year groups literacy spine, ensures that children are exposed to high quality literature and vocabulary from a young age. Literacy spines also ensure progression throughout the curriculum and exposure to a broad range of genres, authors and text types.

Through guided reading sessions, pupils in KS1 upwards will be given the opportunity to unpick the language, characters and content of different reading material. They can share their ideas and thoughts with one another, as well as ask and answer questions to deepen their understanding.

Children at our school are encouraged to read beyond the classroom through a range of incentives and experiences. These include:

  • Daily story time throughout the school
  • ‘Bedtime Reading’ – a library loan service available for pupils to borrow and share stories with their families at home
  • Home reading reward system
  • Reading challenges and competitions
  • ‘Stay and Read’ sessions with parents
  • Author visits
  • Lunch time library clubs
  • Bug Club online

Further information:

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“Leaders have ensured that the teaching of reading is strong.”

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“There is a truly inclusive ethos.”

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