Love of Reading
At Tyldesley Primary School, we believe that every child should learn to read with confidence whilst developing a true love of reading. This is at the heart of our curriculum, the decisions we make and the environment we create.
The development of children’s reading skills and comprehension is intertwined with the need to nurture a love of books and reading to create life-long readers. As a school, we have implemented the strategies to teach children how to read.
This focuses on key strands to develop reading:
- apply the phonics knowledge to read words accurately (decoding)
- blend sounds to read works accurately and flow through the sentence (fluency)
- read with expression and intonation (prosody)
- understand and enjoy what they have read (comprehension)
These skills are developed through Little wandle Reading Practise sessions in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, and then enhanced when the children begin Reading sessions from Year 3 through to Year 6.
Teaching of Reading
Children in Reception and Year 1 are taught daily phonics lessons where they learn about differing sounds and how these are put together in words, alongside this they have 3 reading practise sessions a week, where they read in a small group with an adult and are taught decoding, prosody and comprehension skills. In year 2 the children recap their phonics and reading before moving on to the fluency programme, where the children move through 10 levels of fluency in precise taught sessions.
Year 3-6 are taught their reading skills in daily reading sessions thats are based on the 'Complete Comprehension' scheme. They explore vocabulary and reading skills to support the children in developing their fluency and understaning of books.
In Reception through to Year 2, your child will be provided with a Little Wandle reading book for them to enjoy reading to you. This book will be matched to their reading ability and would have been practised in school through the Little Wandle Reading Practise sessions, so they will be able to read it all without support, which in turn will develop their fluency, prosody and comprehension skills. The more children read, the more fluent and confident they come so listen to your child read frequently.
Towards the end of Year 2, the children will progress onto the 'Little Wandle' fluency programme, which ensures their fluency levels are at an appropriate level to fully access the KS2 curriculum as a fluent, confident and motivated reader.
Once they have graduated the fluency programme (normally beginning of year 3) the children will move onto the KS2 reading scheme (Oxford Reading Scheme). All books in the reading scheme are colour banded; the children are assessed termly to ensure that they are reading the correct level of book for them, which they can independently read with fluency, understanding and confidence. children will bring home a reading book that is matched to their reading ability that has not been practised at school. These books should still be easily accessed by the children, to continue to develop their fluency skills (children will continue to access these reading books in Years 3-6).
Books for Enjoyment
The children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 will also have the opportunity to bring home a book from their class 'Sharing Shelf'; sharing of these books at home counts towards the Reading Championship. These are books for adults at home to read to the children. These support the children to develop a love of reading and enjoy the time that they share with adults sharing books.
From Year 2 to Year 6, the children have access to the school library. The library includes a wide range of text types, and includes copies of 'The 100 Books of TPS'.
Tyldesley Primary School's Reading Championship rewards frequent readers.
The children read regularly with the aim of earning their Green award in the autumn term; their Bronze and Silver award in the spring term; and their Gold award in the summer term.
The awards build up throughout the year with the children being able to gain a point every time they read 3 times a week in EYFS, KS1 and LKS2 and 4 times in UKS2.
- 'Love of Reading' session: a daily session where the class teacher reads a book to their class which has carefully been selected to promote the 'Love of Reading'.
- Little Wandle Fluency Programme: when children are able to fully decode books and are reading with an appropriate level of fluency they move onto the Little Wandle Fluency programme. This is accessed from Autumn 2 in Year 2. The Fluency programme focuses upon fluency, prosody and comprehension.