At Meole Brace C of E Primary School and Nursery, reading is at the heart of all learning. Developing reading skills and fluency allows children access to our broad and balanced curriculum.The early stages of reading allow children to have secure and embedded phonic knowledge to support them with sounding out unfamiliar words. As these skills develop, they will become fluent readers able to use their skills across the curriculum beginning a life- long love of reading. This allows them to become successful members of a literate community. Children are encouraged to explore texts at depth, answering questions, giving opinions and showing a growing understanding of a wider vocabulary. Children demonstrate perseverance when answering questions about texts when the answer is not immediately available to them.
Developing a love of reading
Every classroom at Meole Brace Primary School has a reading area where children can access a wide range of texts including: fiction, non-fiction, poetry and comics and magazines. These inviting, calm spaces allow children to enjoy reading for pleasure and develop a real respect for books and literature.
Our reading offer
Reading happens throughout the school day in most lessons, however a dedicated daily reading session is delivered every morning. Children are grouped by attainment at that particular point in time and take part in a timetabled reading carousel throughout the week. Children have opportunities to read independently, individually and in a Guided Reading group.
Children have an individual reading book that is carefully matched to their reading level. Early readers have access to phonetically decodable books and work through the book banding system, ensuring that they are reading books to consolidate their phase in Letters and Sounds. As their reading develops, children are exposed to text with alternative spelling patterns and new vocabulary. In addition to this, children deepen their understanding by answering retrieval and inferential questions.
Teachers plan and deliver a Guided Reading session linked to end of year learning objectives . The Guided Reading text is selected from the band above to offer challenge through the support of the class teacher. These carefully planned sessions encourage children to justify and offer opinions using evidence from the text. In Key Stage Two, children explore the text independently during a post-guided read activity.
Our Reading Partnership
We recognise the valuable impact that reading at home can have. We encourage children to read every night as part of their homework and ask that reading diaries are signed. Within the the children's reading diaries, Teachers stick the children's slips from their Guided Reading sessions in order that parents/carers can see the reading skills children are developing each week. You may wish to base your comments in the reading diaries around these learning objectives or you can simply use them as talking points with your child.
School and community events such as Parent/Carer Letters and Sounds Workshop (video below), The Book Fair, Sponsored reads and Family Learning promote a love for reading and provide parents with the tools to support reading at home.
Please find further information below including our whole school progression documents for Reading and information leaflets for parents/carers.