OUR VISION FOR READING AT CHERRY TREE HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL
At Cherry Tree Hill we believe that all pupils can achieve in Reading, both for pleasure and in their comprehension and understanding. By developing a comprehensive range of reading skills, we aim to foster a love and appreciation of a variety of literature. We do not put ceilings on what pupils can achieve and we do not hold pre-conceptions about any pupils’ ability to make progress. We believe through reading, pupils will have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. We feel that reading enable pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.
OUR INTENT IS TO:
▪ Ensure pupils read easily, fluently and with good understanding
▪ Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
▪ Acquire a wide vocabulary and understanding of the conventions of reading
▪ Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
HOW WE TEACH READING AT CHERRY TREE HILL
Across the school, we value reading as a core subject and have regular, thematic, reading sessions outside of writing lessons. We use the reading VIPERS to explore texts and teach the six core skills needed for reading comprehension:
We teach reading through a mastery whole class shared reading approach. We take the two main strands of reading, word recognition and language comprehension and aim to intertwine them as our children learn to co-ordinate the different components of reading. Within our reading lessons, all children are involved in book talk, modelled reading, echo reading and shared reading as well as stimulating and meaningful activities linked to each of the VIPERS skills.
We ensure that our early readers have access to phonetically decodable texts from schemes such as Rigby Star and Phonics Bug which are in line with their reading age and phonics strand, as well as recommended, language-rich texts, picture books, information texts and novels to help nurture and develop vocabulary and spark an interest in reading. To access information about our phonics scheme please see further information on our Phonics page:
From Year 2, we use the Accelerated Reader scheme where the children will read a wide variety of books within their reading range, take an online quiz within 24 hours of completion and get immediate feedback. Teachers then receive the information that helps to monitor and personalise the children’s reading practice and to develop reading for pleasure. To access information about your child's reading using Accelerated Reader please see further information on our Accelerated Reader page:
HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD WITH THEIR READING?
Continue to keep the spark of reading alive at home by talking about books, having books available in the home and sharing stories regularly.
We ask that you read a school book with your child three times a week minimum at home and support your child to add a piece to their reading journal each week.
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