READING

Reading Vision (Subject Lead: Mrs C. Mountford)

 

It is with great determination that we strive to engender a lifelong love of reading and language through the immersion of stories and texts that interest, inspire and excite our children. Our English curriculum is derived around a sequence of high quality age-appropriate texts. We use each book to create opportunities to develop reading fluency and comprehension with a focus on key vocabulary, reading strategies and skills. We strive for children to read a variety of genres and use these as models for our guided reading sessions. The staff at Alexandra Junior School are committed to providing a reading culture and supporting children in developing good reading habits that will support them throughout their education, in their personal life and beyond.

 

Our reading curriculum is designed to produce productive, creative and well-educated students. Our Alexandra Promise to our pupils is to provide them with opportunities to excel within school context-based drivers (Excel yourself, Embrace yourself, Explore the world, Engage with others, Express yourself). Whole class teaching of reading, while being fully inclusive, allows teachers to plan activities that allow children to practise using the relevant reading skills: vocabulary, retrieval, summary, inference, prediction, compare and contrast and author choice. We immerse our pupils in the language rich environment, which fully supports their development. Through the curriculum and our practice, we strive to develop a culture of reading through consistently using high quality texts, that demonstrate aspirational language and grammatical structure; a variety of texts that inspire and enthuse children; texts with themes that help our children to develop and promote the school’s values as well as ensuring their personal, social, spiritual and emotion needs are met and where children are able to progress and reach their full potential.

 

Reading for pleasure is at the heart of all that we do here at Alexandra Junior School and we have pupils that have developed the habit and passion for reading regularly and widely. The vast array of opportunities supports the children in becoming skilled in reading, but most importantly our children love nothing more than getting lost in the pages of a book. Early reading is high on our agenda and we recognise that learning to read is a crucial skill needed throughout a child’s life.

 

We welcome you to review the Intent and Implementation documents to see how reading in the curriculum is put into practice.

READING NEWS

Lockdown Story Time

The staff at Alexandra Junior School together read a story called A Monster Surprise to the children in a video.

Check it out!

World Book Day 2020

We had a brilliant day dressing up as characters or as the theme of a non-fiction book.

We took part in activities that showed how reading is part of lots of different school subjects and had lots of fun!

 

Scholastic Book Fayre

The Scholastic Book fayre has visited our school once again and the children have enjoyed selecting books to purchase to add to their growing book collections at home. We can’t wait for it to come again soon!

Reading at home – expectations

 

Reading books aloud with children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop new language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written words.

At Alexandra Junior School we request that children read at least three times a week at home as part of their home learning. Please take time to enjoy and share a story with your child and then sign your child’s diary so that their class teacher knows that they have read. It is important to still read with your child, even when they become a confident reader so that a love for reading can continue to grow.

Once the book has finished, children take an accelerated reading quiz. They need an 80% score to pass and earn brag tag points. To find out more about accelerated reading please follow one of the links below:

Questioning

 

To ensure that the child’s reading deelopment continues to move forwards, we would encourage parents to question their child about what they are reading, at an appropriate time, to extend their reading and share their enjoyment of the book. Feedback from parents is that they struggle to find the relevant questions to ask their child after reaing.

Click on the Questioning when reading  button to view a website that will support you in asking your children questions about reading or the Reading domain questions button for a document with possible questions you could use to support your child’s understanding of the text.. These are by no means a full list of questions, but they are an excellent starting point when deciding what to ask your child when you read together.

Reading in school

 

As part of English lessons in school, your child will learn through a whole class text. Time will be spend understanding unfamiliar and new vocabulary as part of their teaching sequence and children will be encouraged to magpie from their reading to use in their written work.

Year 3 will be continuing Fantastic Mr Fox, a story they started at the infant school and then will then move on to Georges Marvellous Medicine. Whilst studying this text they will re-tell the story from Georges point of view, design a new medicine for Grandma and take part in lots of activities to fully immerse themselves into the text.

Year 4 are beginning their Wind in the Willows journey. They too will re-tell key chapters but will also become estate agents, selling Badger’s home and writing persuasive letters to the judge to release their dear friend Rat.

Year 5 begin their adventures immersed in the text Charlie and the Chocolate factory and will spend time unpicking the key characters within the text as part of their learning sequence. Finally, year 6, they undertake an adventure in Narnia linked to their whole class text The Chronicles of Narnia. They have already encountered a faun but will soon meet the White Witch of Narnia.

 

Our Librarians

 

The librarians are busy preparing the library and wrapping books. Watch this space for the re-launch of don’t judge a book by its cover. The librarians are also on hand to help your child pick exciting stories

 

Accelerated Reader and Myon

Accelerated Reader is a computerised programme that has not only been specifically designed to improve children’s reading ability and continue to raise their reading age, but also to encourage and nurture a love of reading that will continue into adulthood.

The Accelerated Reader Program works by identifying a child’s ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) which is essentially a selection of books that will not only match their ability, but will also challenge them and develop their vocabulary. Each child in Y3-6 has sat a short online comprehension test in order to determine their ZPD. Using the outcomes of these tests, children will be directed to choose books from the school library that fall within this range and when they have finished the book, they will take a short, electronic quiz that assesses their understanding of what they have read. This enables us as teachers to have meaningful discussions about a child’s reading: what they have learnt and how we can help them to develop. It also enables us to closely monitor individual reading progress and ensure that children are selecting books that are challenging enough to meet their individual needs.

At Alexandra Junior School, we want pupils to appreciate how valuable and rewarding reading can be and dedicated time is built into our curriculum for independent reading. 

Myon is an online resource linked directly to Accelerated Reader which enables the children to choose from an even wider selection of online books linked to their ZPD, which they can then quiz on when they are back in school.

Phonics

 

Useful Links

Words for life offers lots of useful strategies on how you can support reading at home.

Oxford Owls is a free online resource with over ebooks for children aged 3-11 years.

BookTrust is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity. Through their book finder and online resources, you can find age appropriate books to enjoy with your child.

Myon – your child can use their log in to access a wide range of online texts.

Please don’t forget, if you would like extra books for your children to read at home, we have a large range donated by our friends, The Rotary Club. Please speak to your class teacher if you would like to borrow any extra books.