'You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child'
- Dr Seuss
At Bedgrove Junior School we want to inspire all children to become avid lifelong readers by delivering an engaging curriculum with enthusiastic teachers who ignite a passion for reading. We promote a love of reading through our high quality guided reading sessions, class reading sessions, effective use of the class and school library and celebrating events such as World Book Day. We strive hard to make sure reading is a well-loved subject and that all members of Bedgrove Junior School have access to our wide range of books which expose readers to a range of styles, authors and genres.
We aim to provide all children with the skills needed to succeed in becoming independent readers. In order to allow pupils to transition to secondary school able to easily access all other subjects it is essential that all of our pupils have the skills to decode and comprehend texts at an appropriate level. Further to this, it is vital that our children are provided with opportunities to become readers who are able to analyse texts and identify authors and styles of writing that they like.
By modelling and promoting ‘book talk’, we enable children to verbalise their understanding of what they have read and become confident communicators. We also aim to challenge all pupils by constantly providing them with opportunities to encounter and use higher level vocabulary.
Implementation of Reading at Bedgrove Junior School
- Phonics is taught through regular sessions in Year 3 to ensure that all children are secure with the phase 5 sounds and to bridge the transition gap from Infant school to Junior.
- Identified readers are listened to daily, including disadvantaged pupils and those with SEN.
- Whole-class Guided Reading is taught in four 30 minute sessions per week which includes book talk, test type and comprehension type sessions.
- Differentiated questioning allows for challenge for all.
- Through Talk for Writing, highly engaging texts allow pupils access to stronger vocabulary.
- Regular PIXL assessments allow us to identify learning gaps swiftly and effectively.
- Timely therapy interventions are planned for those children who are working below the expected level as soon as needs are identified.
- PIXL assessments and data are used to identify areas for development for specific classes which are subsequently addressed with whole class PIXL therapies.
- In Year 6, booster groups allow for additional reading comprehension teaching time.
- All children complete a STAR reader test 4 times a year to assess progression.
- The school ensures all texts are accurately matched to pupil ability, as all books within AR are graded to ensure progression and challenge for all children.
- Classes visit the library regularly.
- Parents are invited to spend time in the library with their children after school once a week.
- Year 6 Librarians run the library and organise the classroom libraries.
- Teachers read to pupils regularly during story time (at least 3 times per week) from a novel selected by the teacher/the class for enjoyment.
- Children are explicitly taught reading skills through curriculum lessons using sources of information.