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Reading at Djanogly Sherwood

 

‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.’ Dr Seuss

Intent

What is our philosophy?

At Djanogly Sherwood Academy we believe that success in reading stems from a love of reading and books. We aim to equip children with the skills and attitudes that will allow this. We select books and resources that will inspire and engage the children as readers and will extend and deepen their knowledge of the world. We plan lessons that will expand their vocabulary, capture their imagination and encourage them to question, predict, explain, summarise and use inference to support understanding. 

Implementation

How do we teach reading?

Children have individual reading books which they are encouraged to read both at home and school. We use RED TED and reading rewards to encourage children to regularly at home.

Reading skills are taught within phonics, Book of the Week or English lessons. Class books are selected to engage and to develop skills and knowledge, where appropriate they are linked with Curriculum topics. The VIPERS framework is used to support reading comprehension skills.

 

Children at the early stages of reading are taught phonics on a daily basis using the Littlle Wandle approach. Reading books for children in Foundation, Year 1 or who are accessing phonics teaching are phonically decodable and match the sounds that are taught in class. 

Impact

What is the outcome?

We are developing a culture where books are valued and reading is important. Children enjoy choosing, reading and talking about books.

They are becoming independent and competent readers who gain information, knowledge and pleasure from a variety of books. They are developing their imagination, their vocabulary and understanding of how language works.

In 2019, 64% of our Year 6 children, 78% of our Year 2 children and 61% of our F2 children achieved Age Related Expectations in reading.

Reading Festival

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What does our environment look like?

Each classroom has an area dedicated to reading and books. Children are given the time to read and enjoy books as well as use them to gain information.

We invest in books, each classroom has a variety of books available for the children. We have a library from which children can borrow books regularly.

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