Reading For Pleasure
At Dilton Marsh, we promote a love of reading and aim to provide a wide range of books, both fiction and non-fiction. We have created our very own Dilton Marsh C of E Primary School Reading Spine using books recommended by CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education).
We are always looking at ways that we can enhance the children’s reading experiences. From the most recent parent questionnaire, we know that two-thirds of the children at our school aren’t always motivated to read. We want to change this. Over the year, we will be introducing many different initiatives to encourage all the children to pick up a book and read.
The first initiative we will be launching is ‘The Million Page Reading Challenge’. The idea is simple. The children’s pages that they read will be accumulated each week and each class will be given a total. We are also allowing parents and teachers to add their total number of pages in order to create a positive culture towards reading. The target for the last day of the year is for everyone to have read one million pages in their books between them.
At our school, we have just over 200 children. For us to reach our target, each child is responsible for 5000 pages across the school year. We have taken into consideration the summer holidays; therefore, each child will have to read approximately 16 pages every night in order to achieve our goal. We think that this is a realistic but also challenging target that the children will strive to achieve.
Storytelling Competitions - Throughout the year, the children will have the opportunity to become storytellers in our in-house competitions! Last year, we had 62 children enter this competition and we are aiming for over 100 children to enter this year. Children are encouraged to read aloud, dress up and use expression in their voices. Later on in the year, we also host a Class Storytelling Competition. Keep a look out on our Twitter/Facebook pages for any videos showing the children's magnificent performances.
Recommended Books - We use 'Books For Topics' to recommend books to children in specific year groups. Each year group has a poster in their classroom and the children are encouraged to read these books at home.
Phonics is taught systematically throughout the school as appropriate for each individual. We follow the Letters and Sounds programme. Alongside our phonics programme, we ensure consistency by following the coloured bands, which can be found in the links below. Children will become fluent readers through hundreds of high-quality fiction and non-fiction banded books by award winning authors and illustrators.
Reading Comprehension lessons are taught at least three times a week in KS1 and KS2. Comprehension skills can and should be developed by teaching pupils strategies that are appropriate to a particular comprehension skill and then providing opportunities for them to discuss and practise applying those strategies to the texts they read. We use 'Teaching Comprehension Strategies' to allow the teachers to teach the children the skills they need to improve their comprehension. The texts are age appropriate and questions are split into different strands so that one particular strand can be focused on at a time. Over the year, the children will be taught skills such as:
- Understanding Words
- Finding Information
- Identifying the Main Idea
- Finding Similarities and Differences
- Cause and Effect
- Fact or Opinion
- Point of View and Purpose
At the end of each strand, there are pupil tests that the children complete independently. This gives the teacher an opportunity to assess the children's knowledge to ensure they continue to make progress.
Reading at Home
With use of our new Home/School books, we expect children to record the reading that they do at home each night. Our expectation is that children read at least 4 times a week and get this signed by their parents/guardians. It is an ideal chance for parents to write any comments about their child's reading that they would like to share with the class teacher. It also allows the teachers to give every child the opportunity to be heard reading each week. Children are encouraged to take books home from their classroom libraries as these books are specifically designed for their particular year group.
What We Expect Of Our Readers
- Excellent phonic knowledge and skills.
- Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum.
- Knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary.
- An excellent comprehension of texts.
- The motivation to read for both study and for pleasure.
- To be well read.
Instilling a love of reading is a really important aim of our English curriculum.