By the end of their primary education, it is our intention to ensure that all children can read fluently, with understanding and confidence. Reading is the key to opening a wide range of learning opportunities and is essential to the future of every child. We are passionate about ensuring every child leaves Beckfoot Nessfield as a 'reader'.
The texts we use in English lessons and across the wider curriculum are carefully selected to ensure they are engaging, widen the children's' knowledge of the world and develop a deep and lasting love of reading.
The Letters & Sounds approach to phonics is taught daily across Phase 1 (Nursery to Year 2) to ensure a systematic, consistent and structured approach that follows the format: revise, teach, practise and apply, assess.
Children are assessed on an on-going basis to ensure gaps are addressed and progress in decoding is moved on swiftly.
In Phase 1, children take part in 3 group reading sessions a week. These sessions are taught in phonics groups and link directly to the Letters and Sounds phase they are currently learning. During the 3 sessions, children are taught how to decode the words in their book, practise their fluency when reading and answer questions about the text. Accurate retrieval is a key focus at this stage in their reading development.
In Phase 2 and 3, guided reading takes place every day for 30 minutes. Guided reading is taught using a Reciprocal Reading approach. This involves explicitly teaching four key reading skills (clarifying, predicting, questioning and summarising) over 4 days to unpick texts in order to aid children’s understanding.
Alongside teaching these four key strategies, we use RIC to teach comprehension skills, such as, inference and retrieval.
At Beckfoot Nessfield we expect our children to read at home every night and for this to be recorded in their Home Reading Records.
We ask for parents in Phase 1 & 2 to sign/write in their children’s Reading Record every day. In Phase 3, children are responsible for recording this in their Reading Record and for parents to sign them once a week.
Reading for Pleasure:
Each classroom has an exciting reading area where children can access a wide range of engaging and inspiring texts. Reading for pleasure is a key aspect of the reading curriculum. All classes have a class novel which the class teacher brings to life for the children. Each class reading area includes a list of core recommended reads. Recently, we have started to introduce an Author Spotlight each term to enthuse the children to try new authors and texts.
We have a library…..
We are very fortunate at Beckfoot Nessfield to have a wonderful school library that all our children can visit. There is a wide range of fiction and non fiction books that the children can borrow. We regularly update the shelves with the latest children's books to inspire our children to read for pleasure.