Reading is at the heart of our moto “Learn to Live, Live to Learn”. We will provide all pupils the skills and strategies necessary to develop competent and fluent readers, which in turn will encourage children to develop a life-long love of books. We intend to encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live. Our children will be given the tools to become confident and independent readers with high levels of enjoyment, understanding and comprehension. We want to ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence, to prepare them for their forthcoming secondary education
EYFS and Year 1
During the early years at Huntington Primary listening to stories, rhymes and poetry plays a huge part in developing a love of reading. The children love joining in with repetitive phrases of a story or rhyme. We ensure that the learning environment includes key vocabulary displayed in prominent areas. The children will then begin reading individual banded reading books from a variety of high quality of schemes. Individual home reading is really important in order to practise the skills being developed within the classroom. Teachers also enabled whole class non-fiction texts to enhance cross curricular learning and at the point verbal reading comprehension skills are developed.
Year 3 -6
We follow a Mastery approach to English through the programme Pathways to Read. Units of work are delivered using high quality texts and children in all year groups are given varied opportunities for reading. Skills are built up through repetition within the units, and children apply these skills in the reading activities provided.
We deliver one whole class shared reading lesson per week from years 2-6 during. These sessions are delivered by the class teacher with the support of a teaching assistant to ensure the reading skills can be developed at an appropriate level of challenge. For pupils still needing support with phonics from years 2-6, we provide an individual reading programme and targeted intervention. In our shared reads, there is a clear teaching focus with the opportunity to master key reading skills in each session. There are follow on reading tasks to enable pupils to evidence the skills they have mastered independently.
Many opportunities for widening children’s vocabulary are given through the Pathways to Read approach and this builds on the extensive work we do in school to provide our children with a rich and varied vocabulary.
You will find the end of year expectations for reading for each of our year groups in the attached documents. For further detail on the skills that your children are learning on a termly basis, please contact your class teacher.
We also use Pathways to Write to drive our writing curriculum. This aligns with Pathways to Read ensuring meaningful links for our pupils with texts and topics that are used across Literacy, Humanities and Science.