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Reading at Causeway Green Primary School

At Causeway Green, we aim to develop the habit of reading, for both pleasure and information.  It is our hope that all our pupils will strive to be the very best they can be.  It is our intention to nurture well-read, insightful, knowledgeable and inquisitive readers by immersing our pupils with a high-quality texts and experiences

We deliver reading in many ways including whole class stories, small group readings or one to one.  Reading regularly, not only develops a child's imagination and improves concentration but it improves their vocabulary and language skills.

During a Guided Reading lesson, the children will have the opportunity to work with an adult as well as work independently on activities to develop their reading skills.

Every child will take home at least one reading book to practice their reading with their parent / carers.  These books are matched to their reading levels that they are working on.  At Causeway Green, we feel it's important to hear your child read at home every day, we encourage and promote a love of reading in school and we support our parents to do the same.  This is a good way to spend some time with your child and help support them in their reading as independently as possible.

Please enjoy reading with your child whilst talking to them about the content of the books they bring home.  We ask that you record your child's reading in their planner as this helps us to know how many times they are reading at home and to understand your child's preferences.

Reading Skills

At Causeway Green, we aim to teach the skills children need to access, understand and enjoy different texts, as well as the ability to decode words.  Specific sessions are used to teach and apply the skills of prediction, summarising, inference, retrieval of information, analysis and clarification of the author's choice of vocabulary and performance of the written word.

Skills will also be taught in a cross-curricular way, using thematic texts to help immerse children in a topic and a range of literature.  Outcomes will be recorded in individual reading books.

National curriculum objectives have been cross-referenced against each skill and year groups as seen in our progression in skills documentation.  Class teachers ensure coverage of skills through planning and progress monitored on a daily basis through work scrutiny and questioning in class.  

Reciprocal Reading

Here, we utilise the approach of Reciprocal teaching, whereby our pupils become the teacher in small group reading sessions.  At first, the teacher will model and manage the group, then over time our pupils learn to guide group discussions using four strategies: summarising, question generating, clarifying and predicting.  Once pupils have confidently learned the strategies, they take turns assuming the role of teacher in leading a dialogue about what has been read.

The delivery of reading

We have designed a reading curriculum, with reference to the National Curriculum Programme of Study, that meets the needs of our pupils.  Word reading and comprehesion are the key focuses; it is essential that teaching develops pupils' competence in these two areas

  • Word reading involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding)
  • Recognition of familiar printed words.

Encouraging children to read

Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in school but they also develop a broader vocabulary, increase general knowledge and have a better understanding of other cultures.  Through reading, children are exposed to a wide range of words and sounds as well as sparking imagination and curiosity.

  • Children and parents are encouraged to record how many times their child has read by noting it in their school planner. Class teacher count up the amount at the end of every term and children are celebrated and recognised by receiving a prize and certificate.
  • We run parent workshops throughout the year which helps parents' support their child with their reading.
  • We encourage children to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge.
  • Weekly school newsletter with a "Reading Corner" focus which can include recommendations (pupil and adults), rating, challenges, quizzes.

Promoting a love of reading

  • Regular theatrical performances.
  • Array of texts and styles including comics, newspapers, picture books.
  • Immersing the children in language - etymology and the love of words.
  • Stimulating and engaging reading corners.
  • Cross Curricular learning.
  • Swap stations - encouraging pupils to share and make recommendations to their peers.
  • Individual and group challenges.

How can I help my child?

  • Set aside some time: find somewhere quiet without any distractions - turn off the TV/radio/computer.
  • Ask your child to choose a book: Sharing books they have chosen shows you care what they think and that their opinion matters. This means they are more likely to engage with the book.
  • Sit close together: Encourage your child to hold the book themselves and/or turn the pages.
  • Point to the pictures: If there are illustrations, relate them to something your child knows. Ask them to describe the characters or situation or what will happen next. Encourage them to tell you the story by looking at the pictures.
  • Encourage your child to talk about the book: Talking about the characters and their dilemmas helps children understand relationships and is an excellent way for you to get to know each other or discuss difficult issues. Give your child plenty of time to respond. Ask them what will happen next, how a character might be feeling or how the book makes them feel.
  • Let them see you reading.
  • And lastly, above all - make it fun! It doesn't matter how you read with a child, as long as you both enjoy the time together. Don't be afraid to use funny voices - children love this!

Click on the file below to see Top Tips on reading with your child

Click below to see our Reading Progressions

Click on the file below to see our Reading Curriculum Map

Click on the file below to see our Book Band

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