Books take you to places you haven’t yet been – it’s like diving into an unknown world.’

EYFS and Key Stage 1

In Whaley Bridge Primary School all children encounter a wide range of reading learning opportunities to ensure that fundamental skills are securely in place.

Whole class teaching takes place and texts are often used as a stimulus for further English based activities. In Guided Reading sessions, pupils work in small, adult led groups to explore texts, building particularly on comprehension and early inference skills.  In KS1 pupils also have the opportunity to explore and respond to text through follow up tasks and activities.

Pupils read regularly on a 1:1 basis to ensure both accuracy and understanding. Whilst this may be with a teacher or teaching assistant, we are fortunate in that we are supported by a committed team of volunteers comprised of parents and grandparents. Children are encouraged to read at home and generally take four books home every week, following a reading scheme (colour banded books).  Children also enjoy listening to a class book at story time.

Key Stage 2

As pupils progress through into Key Stage 2 the emphasis switches from decoding skills to developing comprehension and inference skills.

In addition to whole class teaching, Guided Reading sessions continue throughout KS2.  These sessions enable children to develop the high levels of inference and understanding needed for future learning.  Pupils continue to have the opportunity to explore and respond to text through follow up tasks and activities. There remains an expectation for children to read at home on a regular basis.

Throughout school, reading resources are regularly reviewed and updated. Each year in March we celebrate World Book Day, by enjoying different reading themed activities. We also host a yearly book fair which is really popular and well supported.

All of the above help to broaden the reading experiences of our children. Exposing children to the range of reading opportunities and broadening vocabulary, our children are in a better place to form opinions, make choices and learn life-lessons.