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Coxheath Primary School

Reading

At Coxheath Primary School, reading is at the very heart of the curriculum. Reading improves language and vocabulary, inspires imagination and gives everyone the opportunity to develop and foster new interests. We have many exciting plans underway to ensure we are a community of readers, with reading for pleasure at the centre of our curriculum.  We are transforming our library with the new ‘Reading Bus’ and updating the children's home reading books in class book corners over the coming terms.

Every child is taught a range of strategies to support their development to become a confident, independent reader. In EYFS and Key Stage 1, Phonics is taught through ‘Sounds-Write’ on a daily basis, which enables the children to recognise sounds and to segment and decode words. Once the children have learnt how to read, they can then learn to comprehend and understand the text they are reading. Texts are engaging and provide them with the opportunity to practise their phonic sounds. Children are encouraged to use these strategies independently to understand, enjoy and learn from a range of texts. Through this, they will become fluent, expressive readers with the stamina to enjoy challenging texts. In Key Stage 2, the teaching of reading continues with whole class reading sessions. The children are exposed to a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. During whole class reading sessions in Key Stage 2, the children continue to practice their reading fluency skills through a range of strategies such as Echo Reading and Choral Reading. Book discussion is widely encouraged in class, which supports them to empathise with characters, share opinions and debate topics.

The children at Coxheath have independent access to a wide variety of high quality texts in dedicated and well-organised class book corners. New, quality books are added to all book corners throughout the year, which reflect the children’s interests. All teachers use quality texts in all aspects of their teaching across the curriculum and provide opportunities that extend and enrich the children’s learning. Story time is a priority at Coxheath and all classes have a dedicated story time session once a day. This is where the teacher reads a class book to the children that the children may not access independently. In addition to story time, in year R and 1 they also have a daily singing/rhyme/poetry session. We are also lucky enough to have a good link with the library in Coxheath and all classes visit the library on a regular basis so they can take out books of interest. It is these tools and opportunities that we believe give our children the necessary skills to become thoughtful and confident readers for life, which helps them in everything they do.

We know that reading at home is an essential part of children becoming excellent readers and because of this, children have a wide range of banded fiction and non-fiction books for home reading. As the children improve with their reading, they will move through the coloured bands. Adults in school regularly assess the children’s reading levels and ensure the band they are on is appropriate for them. Children are encouraged to read their banded reading book regularly at home alongside any other books they have chosen to read for pleasure. Children’s individual learning journals are an important source of communication between home and school and it is vital that these are signed to indicate how often the child has read and any comments are welcome. When an adult in school has read with a child, they will also sign the learning journal so that parents are aware and kept informed of the reading completed in school. Please see the document below for information about our banded home reading books, the recommended/average age for each band and the order they are read.

Follow the link below to the Book Trust’s recommended books that your child may be interested to read.

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/our-recommendations/great-books-guide/