At Shadsworth Infant School all children across EYFS and KS1 access daily reading. Children access phonetically decodable books when reading 1:1 and reading in a guided reading group. Books are selected by teachers with the knowledge of how they link to other areas of the curriculum. Through the provision of quality texts, pupils are encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction, to develop an understanding of story structure, characters and a variety of topics.
All pupils are taught to read in daily guided reading sessions. The texts selected are phonetically decodable and link to the phonics phases that each child is working within. Guided reading follows a whole-school structure, all teachers and teaching assistants are knowledgeable about the skills that are needed to acquire reading behaviours and use this knowledge to underpin teaching and assessment. A carousel model of planning ensures that each pupil receives two adult-led sessions per week, in order to develop word knowledge and skills, readings strategies and comprehension. Pupils are then expected to complete further extension activities in order to apply those skills independently. Children are grouped and taught at the correct level and differentiation is achieved by using Book Bands. Ongoing tracking ensures that attainment is accurate, and progress is continuous. For children who are falling behind expectations, focused interventions are planned and delivered by trained staff.
At Shadsworth we use a variety of different reading schemes to provide a wide variety of appropriate quality texts for pupils to read covering all genres. The schemes incorporated into our reading provision include: Oxford Reading Tree, Songbird Phonics, Project X, PM Series. Wherever possible, books are Book Banded in order to ensure progression and challenge for all children.
All classrooms have inviting and exciting reading areas with subject specific books and other age-appropriate ‘reading for pleasure’ books. Pupils are encouraged to use this area in which to choose, read and interact with books in an enjoyable way.
All children have access to the school library each week and the opportunity to choose a book to read in school.