Central to learning is creating a life-long love of reading and books and at Parish CE Primary School, it is our belief that every child should be able to read for pleasure and to a high standard. We firmly believe that reading feeds children’s imagination and opens up a treasure house of wonder and joy for curious young minds. We also believe that every child should be given the tools to develop into an enthusiastic and confident reader both at home and at school. Reading improves language and vocabulary, inspires imagination and gives everyone the opportunity to develop and foster new interests.
Every child is taught a range of strategies to support their development to become a confident, independent reader. In Foundation and Key Stage 1, Phonics is taught on a daily basis. Children are taught using the Read, Write, Inc programme which enables them to blend, 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. 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. Our daily whole class reading lessons help to truly embed the key skills for successful reading and comprehension from Y2-Y6.
'Book Talk' is widely encouraged in class across all subject areas which supports children to empathise with characters, share opinions and debate topics. Our carefully mapped bespoke Text Driven English Curriculum ensures that key themes such as friendship, family, courage, loss and fear are woven across all year groups and this further enables us to use books as a driver for confronting and exploring key issues (see our thematic road maps).
Teachers and support staff nurture a love of books by introducing new texts with enthusiasm and enjoyment, promoting a sense of wonder and expectation as the text is explored. The children at Parish CE Primary School have independent access to a wide variety of high quality texts in dedicated class book corners and throughout the school, including our beautiful school library and our playground 'Book Hive'. Our committed pupil 'Chatterbook' pupil leadership team, help to promote the range of wonderful books available to all pupils.
All teachers use quality texts in all aspects of their teaching across the curriculum. This is supported by our Curriculum Reading spines which provide opportunities that extend and enrich the children’s learning. Our QUEST pedagogical approach to teaching and learning (based on Rosenshine's Principles of Instruction), places reading as an essential component of successful lessons across the curriculum. It is these tools and opportunities that we believe give our children the necessary skills to become thoughtful and confident readers for life, which ultimately will provide them with the cultural capital to succeed in everything they do.
Nursery, Reception and Year 1 also have their Traditional Rhyme Set Lists and their 'Beloved Books' which are a treasure trove of high quality children's literature (12 books in each year group) which set the foundation for their reading journey. They become very familiar with these rhymes and books (having access to them throughout the day). Termly author focuses and set poetry in other year groups ensure that varied authors, poets and genres are promoted at all times and the children are encouraged to vary their reading repertoire whenever possible.
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 fiction and non-fiction books to choose from for home reading. It is this choice that ensures children continue to be enthusiastic and independent readers. Children are encouraged to read regularly at home, at least three times a week, from Foundation Stage to Year 6. Children’s individual home diaries 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. In each class, there is a reading reward chart which is monitored daily. Rewards are given to all our regular readers including certificates, Dojos and more!
To provide support and encouragement to parents we have our 'Information for Parents' booklet and also hold regular reading events such as our 'Dad's Reading Afternoons' and our much loved 'Reading by Twilight' event. All children who start with us in Reception are given a book pack to begin their own home library and we run a bedtime reading support group to help parents in putting these books, and others, to good use.
All in all we just LOVE reading at Parish and as you explore other subject pages on our website, you will see how this love impacts on all we do.