At Chapelford Village Primary School we encourage our children to develop a love and understanding of language in all its many forms. In English our children follow the structure and schemes of work from the English National Curriculum programmes of study which was implemented from July 2014. This provides them with opportunities to study and explore a wide range of genres, both fiction and non-fiction. A rigorous programme of phonics and spelling (Read Write Inc) is taught throughout the school. There are also opportunities for further guided reading and writing in all our subjects. Some children in Year 5 are starting to use the 'Reading Plus' program which is having a positive impact on the fluency and comprehension skills of our children.
We place great emphasis on developing the links between reading and writing and our children’s independent writing evolves from quality shared class reading texts over a half term. We specifically select these quality texts to link in with our topic and pupils interests, thus immersing the children in the quality texts over a period of time.
As a school we encourage a reading rich environment and staff model the enthusiasm and passion for reading to ensure that our pupils are exposed to rich and stimulating texts that support the development of vocabulary, imagination and key language skills.
Attitudes to Reading
We regularly conduct pupil voice to gain an understanding of how our children feel about reading. Across the school, our children have really positive attitudes towards reading. It is clear that they get great enjoyment from reading books and enjoy spending time both in our high quality Reading Areas and school library.
Reading for enjoyment is a feature of our Guided Reading sessions. Within this we provide the opportunity for all children to spend time reading a text of their choice, whether from an identified range of books, or simply choosing a text they enjoy from the Reading Area.
Promoting Reading through Displays
Across the school, we endeavour to promote a love of reading of all our children in many ways. One of which is through our displays. We ensure that a range of topic and information books are incorporated into their displays for other areas of the curriculum, such as Geography and History, for example. This encourages children to further broaden their knowledge and reading of a particular topic or subject area.
We also try to include books by the same author as the text being studied in English, to encourage children to broaden their reading horizons and provide opportunities for them to read a variety of titles by an author whose work they enjoy.
Children have access to a wide range of authors and publishers in school. Our reading books are grouped by difficulty into a coloured book banded system. Within each band, there is still a small range of challenge. Children in KS1 take these reading books home and are strongly encouraged to read at home regularly. Children also have access to books within the classroom and our school library. All classes make use of Winsford Library to enhance our school book provision.
All children experience a weekly guided reading session with their class teacher. In addition they are also given many more reading opportunities across the curriculum, including comprehension skills within literacy lessons. Individuals may read on a one to one basis regularly with a range of adults in school.