At SS Simon and Jude we follow the ‘Read, Write Inc Literacy and Language Programme from Year 2 to Year 6. The aim of the programme is to develop children’s comprehension, writing and spoken language. As part of the English lesson, the children will read a range of different texts which engage all children. Through the special ‘three reads’ approach the children gain a deep understanding of what they read as well as creating articulate speakers where children are able to justify their answers and learn how to debate.
Within Early Years and Year 1 children are exposed to a variety of different books: stories, non-fiction, playscripts, poetry etc. They read and discuss these texts and then use them to produce their own writing.
As well as shared reading as a whole class, teachers also listen to children read in small groups in guided reading. Guided reading takes place on a daily basis and the sessions last approximately 20 minutes. The children complete a range of activities during their daily sessions and spend one session a week reading with their class teacher.
For guided reading sessions we use:
Bug Club in Lower School
Bug Comprehension in Upper School
All children are given a ‘home’ reading book from the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme which is our reading scheme. The children are expected to read their book a minimum of three times per week. Records of the book titles will be recorded by the children in their student planners and we would also like to encourage parents to write comments in these books when you have heard your child read. Reading books will only be changed when we feel the child has fully understood the text.
We also have a school library which we are very proud of. All children from Early Years to Year 6 have access to a wealth of both fiction and non-fiction books to interest the chikldren. Children may also choose books linked to their current IPC unit of learning. All children are able to loan a book from the school library and this book is purely to promote a love of reading.
We also promote a love of reading through our themed ‘World Book Days’. For World Book Day 2018 Bolton Wanderers player David Wheater along with members of the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust attended our school as part of the Premier League Primary Stars Programme, and presented our school with a book box packed with popular titles chosen by the National Literary Trust.
David Wheater then led some shared reading sessions with various classes, and even read extracts from Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox.
Please click on the video link to see ‘World Book Day’ in action.