Reading is at the heart of all that we do at Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School.
We inspire our children to be confident and happy readers with a real love of books, which will last a life-time. In order to achieve this, we use a number of strategies throughout school to develop their reading skills. To lay firm foundations, we use the Read, Write Inc. programme to get children off to a flying start with their reading, nurturing and enhancing their phonetic development. Read, Write Inc is a method of learning centred around synthetic phonics, it is used to aid children in their reading and writing. In Early Years, Year One and Year Two, children have daily lessons of Read, Write Inc. during which they are taught in groups appropriate to their knowledge and skills to ensure rapid progress.
Our Lady’s Reading Curriculum Statement – click here to find out how we teach Reading
Reading at Home
Our school reading scheme is Big Bag Books which are fully decodable, to support the child’s Read Write Inc. Phonics learning in the classroom. All Book Bag Books include notes for parents and carers on how to help their child at home with phonics. Click on the colour band your child is currently reading for more information and ideas.
When children have completed the Read Write Inc. scheme they move onto ‘Library Books’ that are also closely linked to their reading ability and interests. These children also have access to Accelerated Reader – an online programme using real books chosen by the child to read for pleasure. Teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Accelerated Reader gives children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help the child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.
We encourage any adult who listens to the child read to comment in the child’s Home/School Reading Journal. Click the file below to find a list of suitable comments to use to let your child’s teacher know how the reading session has gone.
What to write in your child’s Home/School Reading Diary
Library and Book Areas
We have a main library in our middle area which is used by all classes. Our wonderful Pupil Librarians work hard to promote reading throughout our school. They maintain and organise our main library area, creating eye catching book displays and recommending books to other children. They take the lead in running book related activities and competitions, for example the Summer Reading Challenge and Extreme Reader events.
Each classroom has it’s own reading area containing reading for pleasure fiction, non fiction and poetry books. Books linked to their topics are displayed alongside books they are studying in writing lessons.
Our wonderful School Librarians run our lunchtime Book Clubs. Here the children can relax in the Library reading a book, listen to a story being read by the Librarians, listen to an audiobook and take part in a variety of book related activities.