At Hormead, we are keen to instil a love for reading as we believe reading is the key for academic success in writing. We want our children to develop into fluent, confident readers who are able to comprehend the texts they read and learn more about the world around them through this. We want our children to learn about a range of authors and types of text, to help develop their own imagination and creativity through the rich texts they read.
By the time children leave Hormead, we want our pupils to be competent readers who can recommend books to their peers, have a thirst for reading a range of genres including poetry and participate in discussions about the books they read.
As well as supporting all of our children in school, we also recognise the importance of parents and carers in developing our pupil's reading at home. Thus, we want to promote a purposeful home-school partnership, keeping parents up to date with the reading skills being taught at school and how reading can be purposefully done at home.
The direct teaching of reading at Hormead starts with phonics - at Hormead we follow the LCP phonic programme. As part of this, children have a daily phonics session in small groups where they participate in speaking, listening and spelling activities that are matched to their developing needs. The teachers draw upon observations and continuous assessment to ensure children are stretched and challenged and to identify children who may need additional support. Children work through the six detailed phases, learning and developing their phonics sounds and knowledge.
By the time children leave Reception they will be expected to be secure in Phase 4 phonics, children in Year 1 will be secure in Phase 5 and children in Year 2 will be secure in Phase 6.
During the summer term of Year 1, pupils undertake a phonics screening check which assesses their ability to apply the phonics skills they have learnt. Any child that is not secure at any stage will be identified early as needing intervention to fill the gaps. These children will work in small groups, or 1:1 if appropriate, with either the teacher or teaching assistant in a catch-up phonic programme, tailored to their specific phonics needs.
The use of rich, exciting texts in our English lessons, as well as other lessons, further enhances our teaching of reading.
Children are read to each day by their class teacher and have the opportunity for independent, quiet reading on their own. All children have their own banded books to read at school and at home based on their current reading level.
Children who are not yet 'free readers', will work through our school reading scheme – these are levelled books which match the children's current attainment. We expect family at home to read these books with their child each evening and make comments in their child's reading record.
We have a well-stocked library here at Hormead. All children, from Nursery to Year 4, visit our school library each week. These sessions include input from adults about different authors and the children will discuss the books shared and enjoyed. The children return their library books and get a new book each week, with the focus of these sessions being to develop a love of reading. Time in class is dedicated to reading for enjoyment and adults regularly share their own personal enjoyment of books too.
Each classroom will have a selection of books which is directly linked with the class topic. This offers opportunities for the children to apply their reading skills across the curriculum, not just during set English or reading times.
In addition to the banded books, we also provide parents with a recommended reading list for each age group and encourage our children to join their local library. Occasionally, classes will visit the local library and we also have a yearly travelling book fair which parents and children can attend to buy new books for home enjoyment.
- Pupils will enjoy reading across a range of genres and develop an enjoyment and love of reading.
- Pupils will have a range of strategies for decoding words, developing greater fluency.
- Pupils will have a good knowledge of authors, text types, familiar story patterns and reading themes and will be able to demonstrate their comprehension skills through discussion about the books they have read.
- Pupils of any ability will be able to succeed in their reading and be proud of their reading achievements because their reading development will be appropriately supported and monitored.
- Pupils will be challenged to expand the types of books they read and enjoy, particularly as they become more confident readers, to ensure they read a wide-variety of texts.
- Parents and carers will have a good understanding of the reading taking place at school, the reading and phonics expectations for their child and feel confident with how they can support at home.