Yeo Valley Primary School

Yeo Valley Primary School

Reading

 Reading at Yeo Valley Primary School

Reading is a fundamental skill that children need to be equipped with to fulfil our values.

At Yeo Valley we follow a book banding system that allows children to progress through the bands as their knowledge, skills and understanding also progresses, the book bands also compliment a range of interests and develops a love of reading. We follow the Oxford Reading Tree (ORT) scheme for reading and have supplemented the basic ORT book bands with additional add ons to include Project X and Tree tops. The children find the books bright and fresh, and the stories are about events that they can relate to. Yeo Valley selected ORT as the scheme to use because it progresses in line with National Curriculum skills, Key Stage 1 books are written with a mix of high-frequency and decodable words to develop a range of reading strategies, while Key Stage 2 books cover a wide range of genres and subjects.

At Yeo Valley we progress in stages from 1-16; Reception through to Year 6, with the children progressing through the book bands at their own pace. Once a child is fluently reading and can comprehensively comprehend what they are reading they can become a ‘free reader’ where they are able to choose their own books at home or from the school library, where the full time librarian is there to help children select appropriate texts.

The ORT scheme is used for home readers, in class guided reading and reading interventions. The book bands children will be reading at home provides the child with time to practice new reading skills; phonics, understanding, decoding, inference etc.

Guided Reading in school is where reading and comprehension skills are taught. Guided reading is a daily activity where the children can experience supported and guided reading and a variety of activities around the book to enhance their understanding and love for reading. Our guided reading books follow the ORT scheme but are also supplemented with additional books to add greater depth and breadth to the range of genres and styles our children are familiar with.

During Guided reading sessions teachers will ensure that the children have a clear and concise learning objective that builds on their prior reading experiences. SPAG opportunities will be built in to different guided reading activities so that children can learn to recognise the patterns and rules and get a gage for when it is natural.

As a child progresses in their reading the knowledge, skills and understanding in guided reading will develop from word blending and decoding, using sight words, pictorial clues to inference and deduction skills and forming their own preferences to texts by identifying the effect it has on the reader.

Reading for enjoyment is important at Yeo Valley and helps us to further embed our values as we have a well-stocked, comprehensive library. The children visit the library once a week to have a lesson and are able to visit the library during break and lunch times. Parents are encouraged to visit the library with their children before and after school. The librarian promotes books, story-telling and the love of reading during group activities.

Stage

Knowledge, Skills and Understanding

1

(4 – 5 Years old)

For children just starting to read. Children are getting used to reading from left ot right and matching spoken words to written words. Usually no more than 10 pages with up to 5 words on a page.

2

(4 – 5 Years old)

The second step up the ladder as children gain a little more confidence and may know some words by sight. Usually no more than 15 pages with 1 sentence per page.

3

(4 – 5 Years old)

Children are beginning to read more varied sentence structures and taking some note of punctuation. Usually no more than 15 pages with 1 or 2 sentences per page.

4

(5 – 6 Years old)

Children are becoming more confident at reading longer and more varied sentences. Usually no more than 15 pages with 2 or 3 sentences per page.

 

5

(5 – 6 Years old)

Children are starting to read quite fluently and take note of punctuation. Usually about 20 pages with 3 or 4 sentences per page.

 

6

(5 – 6 Years old)

Children are starting to read longer and more complex sentences and can understand a range of punctuation. Usually about 20 pages with 4 or 5 sentences per page.

7

(6 - 7 Years old)

Children can read complex sentences fairly and fluently, taking note of punctuation. They use expression and do not rely on illustrations to help them. Usually about 20 pages with 4 or 5 sentences per page.

8

(6 - 7 Years old)

Children might read silently or quietly at quite a rapid pace, taking note of punctuation. Usually about 25 pages with 5 to 10 sentences per page.

 

9

(6 - 7 Years old)

Children might read silently or quietly at quite a rapid pace, taking note of punctuation. Usually about 25 pages with 5 to 10 sentences per page.

 

10

(7 - 8 Years old)

Books might have chapters. Children read silently most of the time. They are interested in longer texts which they can return to easily after a break. Usually more than 30 pages and about 10 sentences per page

11

(7 - 8 Years old)

Books might have chapters. Children read silently most of the time. They are interested in longer texts which they can return to easily after a break. Usually more than 30 pages.

 

12

(8 - 9 Years old)

Books might have chapters. Children read silently with confidence and perseverance. A wide variety of longer, demanding texts, usually with around 30-50 pages.

13-1…

These books will provide a range of contexts for different words and phrases. The children will be exposed to a variety of layouts, structure and presentation.

At this level the children will be developing their comprehension skills.

** Throughout each stage different phonemes and tricky words are introduced in line with the National Curriculum expectations for that age range.

NB: children will develop at their own rate and their learning will be more meaningful if pitched at the appropriate level.

Reading is a life-long skill and at Yeo Valley we value the importance of reading across the whole curriculum. In our curriculum delivery we will ensure that a range of books are shared with the children through all subjects. All adults will ensure reading is modelled in an enthusiastic and appropriate way. We ensure that pupils and adults alike have the opportunity to read for pleasure and this is modelled.