At Middleton Primary School, English and the teaching of English is the foundation of our curriculum. Our aim is to ensure every single child becomes primary literate. Our goal is to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and a habit of reading widely and often. Through using high-quality texts, immersing children in vocabulary rich learning environments and ensuring curriculum expectations and the progression of skills are met. The children at Middleton will be exposed to a language heavy, creative and continuous English curriculum which will enable them to become primary literate. We do this to ensure:
- to help them become confident, independent readers, through an appropriate focus on word-, sentence- and text-level knowledge;
- to develop enthusiastic and reflective readers, through contact with challenging and substantial texts;
Across the whole school (8.50-9.15 KS1 and 8.50-9.30 KS2) the children read. There is a range of fiction and non-fiction texts for children to read and enjoy. During this time, all adults listen to children read and other children read independently. Our Pastoral Team and Office Staff listen to the same child read at least 3 x per week. Our Head Teacher goes into classes at this time and listens to children read – a letter is then sent home to say she has read with that child to celebrate the reading they have done. During this time, some interventions such as Nessy and Dandelion Phonics take place.
In addition to a wide variety of quality texts and resources to inspire our children and expose them to a variety of genres we provide a wealth of enrichment opportunities and interventions including:
- Now Press Play
- Volunteer readers from Beanstalk who listen to children read twice weekly
- Bookmark intervention in various year groups twice weekly
- Evie the therapy dog who children read to
- The ‘Go-Read’ app which is the digital reading record and our expectation is that children read at home 5 x per week
- Hosting Parent Stay and Read sessions
- Book Club
- Author Visits
- Reading Club
- World Book Day
- Access to the School Library
We then meet half-termly to discuss the individual progress of every child in school for reading and put extra support in place for those not meeting expectations.
Reading in EYFS
The whole Early Years Curriculum and provision is built around our quality texts. Story reading throughout the day as well as designated story times is designed to develop and foster a love of books as well as improving vocabulary. We have a reading spine of quality texts which are read frequently so children know the books well. Busy brain reading is embedded at the start of every day and is where children get to enjoy picture books of their choice. Systematic Synthetic Phonics is taught through the Read Write Inc scheme, and this develops phonological awareness and early reading.
Here are the range of texts that we read in EYFS.
Reading in Key Stage 1
For all children their school days starts with morning reading. This is a time when children read independently whilst adults hear individual children read. At 9.15 am Key Stage 1 begin their systematic synthetic phonics using Read Write Inc for 45 minutes (please see RWI page for further information). The session is followed by daily reading and writing lessons planned around key texts which are used for a half term. Here is our weekly sequence of reading lessons for Key Stage 1.
Here are the range of texts we read in Key Stage 1.
Reading in Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2 independent reading is followed by whole class reading of a novel. Reading planning follows the same format with a big read on Monday, DERIC activities on Tuesday and Wednesday, a fluency focus on Thursday and handwriting and spelling on Friday. Here is our weekly sequence of reading lessons for Key Stage 2.
Our children are very enthusiastic about our new reading curriculum and appreciate having their very own copy of the text. In Year 3 to support progression we provide both small groups guided reading and whole class reading sessions. Here are the range of texts we read in Key Stage 2.