Independent reading provides time for both assessment and 1-1 teaching. All children take home books from the RWI Phonics scheme (if appropriate) and books from reading schemes such as, 'The Oxford Reading Tree', 'Project X' or 'Tree Tops Chucklers'. The texts used provide challenge to the more able learners and include a wide variety of different tones and styles of language features, including some more literary stylistic features such as metaphorical and figurative language. Authors with a distinct authorial voice are included for comparison with other authors with a plainer style. Authentic older texts are also included for comparison with modern texts.
To help develop a love of reading, all children read individually to an adult at least once weekly, have regular class story times and have access to the school library. We recognise the value of adults (both in school and at home) reading aloud to children, in order to improve their grasp of story language, enthuse them with a love of books and inspire them as writers. We encourage all readers to share a book at home with their grown-ups. We believe that this not only helps to develop inferential skills, but also supports a lifelong love of reading. Each child has a reading folder and a home school organiser, this is used as a reading record that teachers and parents can use to share information about a child's reading. Parents are encouraged to read with their child daily. Information is given on how to support their child in reading at reading workshops, phase meetings and also in curriculum letters.
In line with the New Curriculum for Reading, we encourage staff and children to read from a range of authors, modern and classic, to broaden their experiences. We want to equip our children to be independent thinkers, to argue their point using evidence from the text and, most of all, to take pleasure in what they are reading
Many exciting and rewarding activities are arranged throughout the school year to promote the pleasure and knowledge that can be gained from books. For example, visiting skilled story tellers from many cultures, performances by professional theatre groups, visits by published authors, book/poetry swaps, visits to local libraries and bookshops, participation in local and national competitions, making books, using drama, dance and music to illustrate texts.