reading The Nature of Reading

Reading is a multi-strategy approach to understanding the written word. It is not simply the decoding of black marks on the page but involves the ability to read with understanding a wide range of different texts including fiction, non-fiction, real world texts such as labels, captions, lists and environmental print. Competence in reading is the key to independent learning  and therefore the teaching of reading is given a high priority by all staff. Success in reading has a direct effect on progress in all areas of the curriculum and is crucial in developing children's self-esteem, confidence and motivation.

Children in all year groups are taught reading skills systematically in a daily whole school reading lesson.

The systematic teaching of phonics is supported by the documents 'Letters and Sounds' and 'Jolly Phonics'. This ensures a very structured approach beginning with the teaching of individual sounds, moving onto blending and segmenting words then introducing children to sounds such as 'ai', 'ee' and 'oa'. At the end of Year 1 all children currently take the National Phonics Screening Test. In 2016 89% of children passed the screening test.

Read, Write, Inc is also used as an intervention, for those children who need additional phonics support whilst learn to read.

Alongside phonics teaching, an emphasis is placed on learning to read, interpret, enjoy and comment upon a wide variety of books, magazines, newspapers and information texts.

All classes value reading and have a well stocked book area. Books are sent home on a daily basis.

A love of reading is further nurtured by a variety of initiatives such as Reading clubs, volunteers and visits to the library. We encourage children to use the online 'Bug Club' Reading program at home as well as in school.

All children in Reception and Key Stage 1 enjoy reading with a reading buddy from Years 3 -6. All Key Stage 2 children enjoy supporting children in Reception and Key Stage 1 as they develop their skills.img_3414

Children across Key Stage 2 are further encouraged to develop reading stamina and to challenge themselves with demanding texts using our Accelerated Reader system.

Argyle Discovery Zone

We now have a fantastic new library as part of the Argyle Discovery Zone. It is open for children in KS1 and 2 to browse and borrow books at lunch time. After school children it is open daily between 3.30 p.m. and 5.00 p.m for all children to choose books with their parents. Children need to make sure they have their Argyle library card with them so that they can take books home.

World Book Day

Each year we celebrate World Book Day and ask the children to come dressed as a book character. 



       Reading is great fun! It also develops children's language, imagination and focus. We have, therefore, launched our READING CHALLENGE! By January 2018 children in years 1 and 2 should have read 104 books. This is because they read shorter books. Children in years 3,4 and 5 should have read 52 quality chapter books. As Year 6 are only with us until July they need to have read 30 chapter books. Children need to show that they have read and understood the books they have read by keeping a detailed record in a book. We hope everyone engages with the challenge and enjoy reading a range of exciting books.