In St Margaret Mary’s Junior School, we value reading as a key life skill and therefore, reading will always feature on the school improvement plan. We intend to ensure all children can read with fluency and understanding, so that they can access the full curriculum. We are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. It is our intention to ensure that, by the end of their time in our school, all pupils are competent readers who can recommend books to their peers, have a thirst for reading a range of genres including poetry, and participate in discussions about books, including evaluating an author’s use of language and the impact this can have on the reader.
To achieve this, we will implement the following:
- Any children who arrive in our school without age appropriate reading skills will be targeted with quality teaching and specific intervention.
- High quality whole class guided reading takes place at least three times a week. All children access an appropriately challenging text, listen to an adult reader and are taught key skills such as scan reading, how to retrieve information, how to summarise and how to make inferences supported by evidence. We explicitly teach new words and discuss author’s choice of language.
- We are lucky to be able to provide children in our school with a wide range of books. Every class has their own selection of books (non-fiction and fiction). Many books in classrooms link to other curriculum areas studied within that year group; this offers children the opportunity to apply their reading skills across the curriculum and to extend their knowledge beyond classroom learning.
- We have a school library which is stocked with a wide range of books.
- Children are read to by their class teacher every day. This could be as part of a guided reading lesson or during story time at the end of the school day.
- We use Accelerated Reader systems to label books. The Star Read Assessment helps us to ensure children are reading appropriately challenging (comprehension and word reading ability) texts. When children have finished a book, we encourage them to take a quiz about their book on the IPad.
- All children have their own reading diary. They keep a record of books they are reading and we ask parents to sign this when they have listened to their child read. Children’s reading diaries are also monitored by adults.