'You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child'
- Dr Seuss
Implementation of Reading at Bedgrove Junior School
We foster a love of reading and the ability to read for information through whole class guided reading sessions, author visits and regular use of our fantastic school library. We deliberately select high quality texts from a range of authors, ensuring that the children enjoy a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry alongside media texts.
Guided Reading sessions now consist of ‘book talk’ sessions, ‘test type’ sessions and stand-alone comprehension sessions for non-fiction and poetry. Each book talk session allows the children to develop their vocabulary by discussing, debating and composing answers as a team. Teams are encouraged to use a bonus word within their answer to ensure that there is sufficient challenge for the more able, which is designed to broaden their vocabulary. In the test style sessions, children have the opportunity to explore a range of different question types that they may come across in a comprehension paper. We discuss the recording of these answers and use a mixture of peer/self-assessment to give feedback. SEN children are supported through pre-reading and helpful hints to find answers to questions.
We have story time sessions at the end of day, three times a week. The expectation is that all children are exposed to a range of texts throughout the year. This not only improves their understanding of how texts should be read and their comprehension but also their vocabulary which is vital to everyday life and writing. It also promotes a love of reading and gives the children the opportunity to hear texts being read with passion, enthusiasm and expression.
As individual readers, children are 'Star Tested' using Accelerated Reader. This gives them an individual band of levels that they can select books from. The level provided for your child is most suited to their reading age and comprehension ability. A huge range of quality texts are available from either their class library or the school library. Levels are clearly displayed on an orange sticker. Each stickered book comes with an online quiz which your child can complete in school or at home . Children are quizzed - using multi choice answers - based on their understanding of the book. Points are awarded based on how well they do and children also gain points based on the word count of the book. Competitions are run in school, seeing which class/year has the most points.
Reading is integral to good writing and reading homework is regularly set to support this. Children are expected to read at home regularly and read texts from a range of genres and authors. Reading should be recorded in childrens' home-school diaries. If you would like to check the level of any texts at home you can follow the link below to check it is suitable for your child. http://www.arbookfind.co.uk/UserType.aspx