The Importance of Reading

Reading is a significant life skill and the development of reading strategies will enable our children to read and write confidently throughout their school career and on into adult life. Evidence suggests, that children who read for enjoyment every day, not only perform better in reading tests than those that don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.

In fact, there’s evidence to suggest that reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background. At Bell Lane Primary School we passionately encourage and require our children to read every day and aim to nurture a love of reading through carefully selected texts, which inspire and motivate pupils to become life-long readers.

Pupils learn to read easily and fluently through daily phonics in Key Stage one, following the letters and sounds scheme. They read regularly to adults through daily guided reading using the Read Write Inc scheme. In addition to this, they also have essential reads, core texts and home readers.

Pupils develop skills in reading through the understanding of core texts. Our curriculum coverage maps are tailored to meet the needs of our pupils and have been designed in collaboration with the Power of Reading. In essence, pupils study a book, related to their half-termly topic. They often study books which are more challenging than those which they might not be able to read independently. They will use this book as the basis for reading, writing, speaking and listening tasks and links to foundation subjects.

Pupils are encouraged to read widely, through our use of differing class texts, reading passports, library visits, high-quality texts, essential reads and home readers. Our classrooms and school reflect a literature-rich environment.

Pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure using reading partners, quiet reading time, listening to an adult read, reading passports and the various methods outlined above.

Pupils comprehension skills are assessed through daily guided reading, higher-order questioning, VIPERs and throughout all other subjects. Formative reading assessments are completed half termly.

Key Stage two pupils who are making less than expected progress are given extra reading support, through booster classes and the

How reading is taught at Bell Lane Primary School

At Bell Lane Primary School reading is taught through whole class reading lessons. At Bell Lane  it is expected that children are taught the reading strategies and skills through whole class and supported reading. Reading is taught across all areas of the curriculum with all lessons having an element of reading aloud.

Whole Class Reading

The aim of whole class reading is to raise the standards in reading as all of the children are being taught by the expert in the room. Teaching the whole class means that all pupils can read with the teacher more often, moving faster through longer texts and benefitting from the teacher’s expert explanations, modelling, questioning and feedback.

All lessons last for a minimum of 45 minutes and follow the reading structure and key principles of reading.

It is crucial that our children are exposed to a range of rich literature through high quality texts. Therefore, all reading texts are extracts/chapters from books (fiction and non-fiction) or the reading lessons are centred on the core text.

Supported Reading

This is a 20 minute reading lesson, which gives all children the opportunity to read with an adult. The children are grouped into their reading abilities and the lesson focuses on developing the children’s word reading and understanding. Together, with an adult, the children develop their vocabulary, read a range of genres and answer a variety of test style questions.