Reading and Early Reading

Reading and Early Reading

Reading offers children a lifetime of enjoyment and learning. At Dilton Marsh C of E Primary School we aim to promote a love of reading and feel that children discovering books and how to use and enjoy them is crucial to their development. It is essential that our approach to teaching phonics and reading is accessible to all learners, regardless of background. Every child matters and teaching them to read the word will enable them to read the world.

Early Reading

Through our progression of phonics teaching and the children reading fully decodable books, we ensure that our children become fluent readers. We then progress our children through our coloured book bands to work towards becoming fluent and confident readers.
 
Reading For Pleasure
Reading improves all of a child’s literacy skills and can offer them a lifetime of enjoyment and learning. At Dilton Marsh C of E Primary School we aim to promote a love of reading and feel that children discovering books and how to use and enjoy them is crucial to their development. At Dilton Marsh C of E Primary School we have launched the 'Dilton 50' for each year group. A carefully selected list of recommended books to ensure the children enjoy different genres and authors. We encourage the reading of these books in addition to their decodable books. See our 'Dilton 50' below.
 
Storytelling Competitions
Throughout the year, the children will have the opportunity to become storytellers in our in-house competitions! We host an annual storytelling competition. Children are encouraged to read aloud, dress up and use expression in their voices. In addition, we also host a class storytelling competition.

Reading at Home

We use our home/school contact books to record what we have been reading at home. Our expectation is that children read at least 4 times a week at home and get this signed by an adult. For younger readers, we encourage them to read their decodable books three times before changing to a different book to ensure fluency. Children are encouraged to take books home from their class libraries, in addition to reading books they have found at home. However, we strongly encourage children to always share what they are reading with their class teacher and have an open discussion about their reading choices. We offer reading rewards to children who are regular readers and this chart can be found below.
Reading Comprehension
Reading Comprehension lessons are taught at least three times a week in KS1 and KS2. We use 'Teaching Comprehension Strategies' to teach the children the skills they need to improve their comprehension. The texts are age appropriate and questions are split into different strands. Over the year, the children will be taught skills such as:
 
- Understanding Words
- Finding Information
- Identifying the Main Idea
- Sequencing
- Finding Similarities and Differences
- Predicting
- Concluding
- Summarising
- Inferring
- Cause and Effect
- Fact or Opinion
- Point of View and Purpose