How We Teach Reading
YR and Y1
Children are taught to read in accordance with their growing phonics knowledge. We use a range of phonetically decodable books which are perfectly aligned to the phonics stage for each pupil.
Pupils will work within a small group (no more than 8) to read a book which has been selected by their teacher. They will read this book for one week using the following format:
Session 1 - Decoding the Text
Session 2 - Prosody
Session 3 - Oracy
Session 4 - Comprehension
Y2 - Y6
We teach reading as a class through excerpts and whole texts.
Pupils will have a copy of the class text which will be kept in school for the purpose of our reading lessons. Under the direction of the class teacher, they will explore the sequence of the text and learn how to pick out key facts, use the skill of inference, make predictions, summarise what has happened already, justify their opinions of the text, look for evidence of the author's opinion, and how to compare characters, events and authors.
Reading lessons also give us an opportunity to broaden our store of vocabulary and pupils are encouraged to look for unfamiliar words and phrases and to use these in their own speech and writing.
YR - Y1
Pupils take home two books per week.
At the conclusion of the school reading session 4, to increase their confidence with reading, they will then take the same book home to read with a trusted adult. The book must be returned to school on the specified day next week, ready to be used with another group of pupils.
On returning the book to school, pupils will then choose a book from the Early Reading library to share at home with their family. This book may not be fully decodable, and it is important that a trusted adult or older sibling reads this book to the pupil, modelling a love of reading. The book must be returned to school on the specified day.
Y2 - Y6
Pupils are encouraged to choose their own home reading books from their class library which has been stocked with a range of reading materials relevant to the reading ability of the class and appropriate for their age-range. Pupils are expected to read 5 times per week and to have a trusted adult sign their Reading Record as proof that this has happened. This diary also serves as a reading dialogue between home and school.
The class library is restocked at regular intervals throughout the year, ensuring that there is something for everyone.
Teachers also use Bug Club to supplement home and school reading.
What is Bug Club?
Bug Club is a finely-levelled reading scheme for schools, which ensures that all children can find books at exactly the right level for them. The colour bands correspond with that of the home readers sent home with the children. Children currently use Bug Club in school to read content for their reading lessons and are enjoying the great resources it has to offer.
Using the online reading world
If you have access to an internet connection, your child can enjoy reading Bug Club books online. Each child has a unique homepage, and can log into it by following these steps:
1. Go to www.activelearnprimary.co.uk (please make sure you access using ‘co.uk’ as you can be directed to the Australian site, in which case your login details will not work).
2. Enter the login details required. If you do not have these details, please ask your child’s class teacher. The school code is 7p3L (case sensitive).
3. Your child’s homepage will appear.
Reading a book online
Teachers allocate books to your child according to their reading levels. These books will appear in the 'My Stuff' area of their personal homepages. There are also quiz questions for your child to complete. To answer a question, simply click on the bug icon.