At Liskeard Hillfort Primary School, reading is a top priority and is a key driver for our curriculum. Therefore we have a Reading leadership team comprised of English Lead, EY Lead, Curriculum Lead, KS1 and 2 Lead, AR Lead.
It is our intention to ensure that by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education.
We therefore intend to encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop: knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live; to establish an appreciation and love of reading; to gain knowledge across the curriculum; and develop their comprehension skills. We are committed to providing vocabulary rich reading material and the “Best of what has been”.
- The systematic teaching of phonics has a high priority throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Phonics is taught daily to all children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and those in Year 2 who have not passed phonics screening in Year 1.
- Staff systematically teach learners the relationship between sounds and the written spelling patterns, or graphemes, which represent them.
- Phonics is delivered in ability-group format, because it enables staff to ensure application across subjects, embedding the process in a rich literacy environment for early readers. This can involve cross year group delivery.
- Timely intervention is planned for those children who are working below expected levels as soon as needs are identified.
- In EYFS and Year 1 parents are invited in to school to listen to their child read, once a week.
- Once children are confidently reading, they move on to the Accelerated Reader programme. This generally happens when pupils are in Year 2.
- The school ensures all texts are accurately matched to pupil ability, as all books within AR are graded to ensure progression and challenge for all children.
- All children from year 2 complete the AR Star reader test to ensure they read appropriately challenging books.
- All staff and the AR Lead use the reports generated by the star reader and AR tests to identify PIXL therapies (teaching approaches) that will address the areas of need for individual or groups of children.
- Books are carefully selected by teachers with the knowledge of how they link to other areas of the curriculum.
- All children from year 2 take part in 3x Whole Class Reading sessions per week. All teachers use these to introduce pupils to a range of genres and to teach a range of techniques which enable children to comprehend the meaning of what they read.
- All classrooms have their own class reading areas with topic themed books, and it is intended that these areas are further enhanced this year.
- Progression is established through the use of sequential learning steps: (PiXL) Teachers read to pupils very regularly (at least 3 x 30 min sessions per week). This is followed up by retrieval, prediction, comprehension and inference tasks which are sequenced according to year group and ability
- Any children not making the expected progress have 1:1 or small group intervention using bespoke packages.