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Reading

We strive to develop children that read for pleasure and foster a real love for reading. We monitor children’s reading very closely and keep track of the books that they are reading. Reading can be very complex as there are many skills that children need to develop in order to be able to read effectively. The first of which involves decoding the text. Some of our pupils attend daily phonics sessions so that they can blend and segment letters and sounds to help them with this. During daily Guided Reading sessions, teachers then teach children the different skills required to be able to answer questions based on a text. We have broken these skills down into a system that we call VIPERS - Vocabulary, Inference, Predicting, Explain, Retrieval and Sequencing/Summarising. The children are exposed to different texts each week, and these texts link to a key topic or text from our learning in English. Our research tells us that children develop a true love of reading when they read at home as well as in school so we encourage children to read at home with an adult as often as possible and fill in their reading diary. Once children have completed a book they will carry out a quiz which allows them to practice their reading skills taught to them during Guided Reading. We also have lots of incentives in school to encourage children to read and to make reading fun. At 1.30pm every day, all children and adults- including our office staff- sit down and read for 15 minutes after lunch. We call this DEAR – Drop Everything and Read. We believe this teaches children the value of reading for pleasure and it also models to the children the importance of everybody enjoying reading.

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