Kerr Mackie Primary School, Gledhow Lane, Leeds, LS8 1NE

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Kerr Mackie Primary School

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Reading

At Kerr Mackie Primary School, we are committed to teaching our pupils to become skilled readers who develop a comprehensive understanding of words, language and texts as they move through school. They learn to read then read to learn. Through using a range of strategies, our aim is to ensure that pupils develop a love of reading so they can read for purpose and pleasure. We provide pupils with a range of strategies in order to do this.


Nursery


EYFS Book Spine & LTP


Staff embed Phase 1 phonics learning into their daily curriculum so that pupils are well prepared for Phase 2 phonics when they enter the Reception class.


 


Reception and Year 1


All staff in school are trained to deliver daily phonics through the use of Floppy Phonics and Letters and Sounds. There is a 30 minute session each day and children are grouped across the year according to their phonics level; assessment is rigorous and ongoing so that pupils make rapid progress through the programme.


Year 1


We have a thirty minutes reading lesson every day. This is in addition to English lessons.


Children are also introduced to formal reading comprehension exercises, such as VIPERS, once a week.


Children will also:



  1. continue to follow the Letters and Sounds teaching programme

  2. hear good quality stories, poems or a class novel everyday

  3. be heard read individually

  4. Have one library session per week to promote a love of reading, through discussions, independent reading and other activities.


Year 2


 


Y2 continue this provision at the start of the year and then progress onto the KS2 reading lessons outlined.


Phonics continues in Year 2 through daily lessons


 


Reading Vipers


VIPERS


We use the term ‘VIPERS’ in all classes from Year 1 to Year 6 through the school. Pupils are explicitly taught each skill through a range of high-quality texts and genres. The consistent approach when using terminology helps ensure pupils have a strong understanding and teachers have a specific focus in reading lessons.




Years 3, 4, 5 and 6


 


Reading sessions are centred around a high-quality age specific text which is chosen by the class teachers from an approved list. The texts often link closely with an overarching topic within their Year Groups. Specific reading skills are then explicitly taught and practised. While the reading skills are being taught, the reading content is relevant, inspiring and purposeful and becomes the driver for developing wider subject knowledge.


The following points are to be followed to achieve what we believe is best practice in KS2:


 



  1. One library session per week to promote a love of reading, through discussions, independent reading and other activities.

  2. Four sessions per week focussed on developing skills through whole class teaching. (Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6)

  3. One session per week using a VIPER Reading approach. (Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6)


Reading Vipers


VIPERS


We use the term ‘VIPERS’ in all classes from Year 1 to Year 6 through the school. Pupils are explicitly taught each skill through a range of high-quality texts and genres. The consistent approach when using terminology helps ensure pupils have a strong understanding and teachers have a specific focus in reading lessons.


How we ensure reading books match your child’s ability.


Home Reading Expectations


Supporting Reading at Home


Your child’s reading ability is regularly assessed in school through a variety of methods. These include tests (PIRA), listening to them read and assessing their fluency skills, asking them questions and discussing texts. These different methods are used to calculate a reading age. Reading ages indicate the ‘difficulty’ of a text a child is able to understand. From this information, we then match your child with appropriately challenging books.  Your child’s progress is regularly monitored in class and the teachers ensure that the books they take home are always challenging.


In KS1, the books your children take home are not only linked to their reading age but also to their phonic development. The books will link to sounds and blends that they have covered as well as their reading ability.


All our reading scheme books are ‘banded’ in reading ages. The reading schemes we have in school cater for reading ages up to 11 years old. If your child has reading age greater than 11 they will be able to select ‘free reading books’. The ‘free reading’ books have been carefully selected by the staff and are regularly reviewed to ensure they are appropriately challenging.


We use reading scheme books both as guided texts to read with adults and as books to send home. In addition to books from the reading schemes, children will also be able to select ‘age appropriate books from their classroom and the school library.



Developing a Love of Reading


What is a ‘Love of Reading’ and why is it important?


‘Reading provides a growth of knowledge, a pleasurable hobby to escape from our busy lives and the development of critical thinking. Developing a love for books in the early years will set your child up for reading readiness and help lay the basis for your child's success inside, outside and beyond school.’


How do we develop a ‘Love of Reading’ at Kerr Mackie.


Coming soon, with photographs


  • Pupils will enjoy reading across a range of genres

  • Pupils of all abilities will be able to succeed in all reading lessons

  • Pupils will use a range of strategies for decoding words, not solely relying on phonics

  • Pupils will have a good knowledge of a range of authors

  • Pupils will be ready to read in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education

  • Parents and carers will have a good understanding of how they can support reading and home, and contribute regularly to home-school records

  • The will be no significant gaps in the progress of different groups of pupils.