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Posted by on in Our Reading Statement

Our Approach To The Teaching of Reading
At John Bunyan Primary School and Nursery, we are determined to foster a love of reading for all of our children. We invest hugely in our school library and in books for our classrooms so that children have access to high quality texts that will tempt them and develop a passion for reading that will last a life time.



Foundation Stage including Nursery

As soon as children come to our school, we immediately begin the process of learning to read. In Nursery, the children have daily learning opportunities which introduce them to initial letter sounds, Early Talkboost and the Ultimate Guide to Phonological Awareness programme. In the Foundation Stage, the daily systematic synthetic teaching of phonics provides the fastest and most effective way of getting our young children to start reading. By the end of Foundation Stage, it is our expectation that all children can blend and that the vast majority will be reading simple books. Children are taught a series of sounds and then apply these to a series of finely graded books. Our aim is to ensure children feel confident and can fluently read and reread simple texts. Consistent teaching, together with rigorous assessments, enable us to identify any gaps in children's learning as soon as they arise and put in daily practice to overcome barriers. Alongside these phonetically decodable books, children also take home high quality fiction and non-fiction books which we encourage parents and carers to share with their children to develop a love of reading. Each week parents are invited to share a story in our library with their children’s class and at this time, the teacher will model the sounds that are being taught and the strategies being used to teach reading.

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Key Stage 1

The consistent teaching of phonics continues throughout Years 1 and 2. Our programme is structured in such a way as to ensure the teaching of phonics is systematically delivered and that progress is built on from year to year. By the end of Year 2, it is our expectation that the vast majority of children will be fluent readers and will no longer need explicit phonics teaching for reading. In Year 2, most pupils start the No Nonsense Spelling programme which allows pupils to develop their spelling and transfer their phonic knowledge into their written work. Reading comprehension is explicitly taught in groups and as a whole class using high quality texts; teaching the strategies of predicting, questioning, clarifying and summarizing. Families are encouraged to join us every Monday morning from 8.45-9.10 for ‘Stay and Play’; providing opportunities to engage in learning activities and to share books with their children in our library or classrooms.


Key Stage 2

By Year 3, most children will be ready to move onto our Accelerated Reading programme. Our children find it highly motivating as they quiz after reading each book and continuously read more challenging texts. The reading strategies of predicting, questioning, clarifying and summarizing are built upon from Key Stage 1 and promote a more inferential level of thinking. Children have an opportunity to develop these during our daily quiet reading sessions and through class studies of a shorter text through our Talk for Writing programme. Children read and study a text in depth, focusing particularly on developing a thorough understanding of the plot, characters and setting.

Teachers give time to reading aloud to children, so that they can enjoy hearing stories that they might not yet be able to access independently. Many opportunities are created for children to develop a love of reading including our Reading Doorway project where children read a core set of books each year and collect stamps to complete a Doorway Booklet over their time at John Bunyan Primary. This project is run in conjunction with another school so that children are able to discuss books with children from a different setting. The direct teaching of vocabulary is embedded across the school and children are introduced daily to new vocabulary which extends their thinking and enables them to access more challenging texts. Families are encouraged to join us every Friday morning from 8.40-9.10 for ‘Come and Read’; providing opportunities to share books with their children in our library or classrooms.

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