Creating a love of reading in our children is at the centre of our reading approach at Cherry Tree Hill. Each classroom has an inviting reading corner with a wide variety of reading materials from story books, information texts to newspapers. We encourage reading at home and for families to read books with their children and pupils to change their reading books as often as possible.
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.
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: