Our main aim at Lower Farm is to promote a love of reading and to create a reading culture.
Our reading comprehension is taught four times a week. 2 of our lessons are focused on our class text. One of these lessons is purely vocabulary based, after reading a section of the story. The second lesson, children are asked a variety of questions from our ‘Reading Dogs’. These are characters that focus on a key reading skill including retrieval, inference, sequencing, prediction and summarising.
For the next two sessions of the week, we use classroom secrets. Teachers chose a text and questions are given for children to respond to. These questions are again from a range of different reading domains.
Our reading sessions are taught whole class and teacher and TA support is provided where needed. Teachers and TA’s work with a different group a lesson and children showcase reading skills for the teacher to assess.
Once questions are answered children mark with the teacher and discuss ways to tackle questions.
Vocabulary is a key part of our comprehension so we take a lot of time finding and understanding new vocabulary in the text. We also have a word of the week which is taken from an academic word list, attached below.
In addition to this, we also have a Greek or Latin root word to learn each week that supports children’s problem solving when faced with a word they may not have come across before. If they know the root word, they can figure out the meaning of the unknown word. The list of these words is attached below.
Reading at Home
Reading at home is a key element to children reading successfully. We have ‘hard copy’ books for children to take home from our reading scheme ‘Bug Club’ and we also have online reading through ‘activlearn’. Children in Reception and Year 1 also have phonics books to take home and they can read these online on Oxford Owl. Children at Lower Farm have a school planner to note reading at home in and they are encouraged to read a little every day. Teachers also read weekly with children in class.
Each class chooses a ‘Reader of the Week’ and this is presented in our ‘Friday Celebration Assembly’. This celebrates children who read the most at home or children that have made lots of progress with their reading.
We ensure a story is read to children before home time. In KS2 we promote reading a chapter text, by an author they may not have heard before in order to broaden their understanding of different authors and classic texts. In KS1 and EYFS we read shorter stories but still from a wealth of authors.