Reading

Curriculum Intent

The reading curriculum at Thoresby Primary School covers all aspects of the EYFS framework and the National Curriculum.

Reading is given the highest priority as we believe it is important that children learn to read fluently as quickly as possible. Fluent readers will learn more in all subject areas.

Our aim is to create a love of reading for all our children, not just during their school years but also throughout their life. During their time at Thoresby, all children have had many opportunities to share and read a broad range of high-quality literature. Our classrooms celebrate and encourage a love of reading with attractive book corners and library areas. All children take home ‘reading for pleasure’ books to share with adults.

Children arrive at Thoresby at all stages in their education and from every area of the world. We have a clearly defined reading curriculum pathway that ensures they are swiftly assessed to establish their bespoke needs. Our reading curriculum ensures that by the time they leave us, Thoresby pupils ;

– have a pleasure in reading and understand books they can already read and can participate in discussions about

– can explain their understanding of the books they have read

– can apply their phonic knowledge and skills and read accurately

– Have positive attitudes towards reading

– Evaluate what they have read, including more detailed discussions around use of language, statements of fact and opinions and discussions about books justifying their views.

Implementation

Phonics

We follow the Little Wandle phonics scheme which is a DfE validated complete systematic, synthetic phonics programme (SSP). Little Wandle works in close partnership with Harper Collins who publish fully decodable books directly matching the sounds the children have been taught.

Early readers have daily phonic lessons at Thoresby. These include focused adult-led sessions revising and introducing new sounds giving children a chance to apply their phonic knowledge and skills reading decodable, matched texts. Additional reading sessions are built into the weekly timetable where children will practise decoding, fluency and develop comprehension strategies.

Once children are secure in their phonic knowledge, they progress to a broader range of individual reading books. These are carefully selected to build reading stamina and cover a wide range of genres.

The Thoresby wider reading curriculum

All year groups study key texts. These have been selected so that, over time, all children have had an opportunity to study the work of significant children’s authors and have been exposed to rich literature.

Reading lessons focus on improving comprehension strategies and study in greater depth the fundamental aspects of literary study such as character, plot, and setting. In lessons with our younger pupils, the focus is on developing a love of reading. Our key texts are often used as a stimulus for the writing curriculum and as a meaningful link to study other genres.

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