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English - Reading

Reading is at the heart of our curriculum. We want the children to develop a lifelong love of reading. The children are immersed in a reading curriculum that is rich, varied and enjoyable. Teachers model expert reading and use quality texts which allow the children to interrogate, yet at the same time capture their imaginations.

Many of the children of Bournes Green come from language rich backgrounds and are fortunate enough to be rich in culture capital. We develop this by imparting a love of challenging, improving, enriching and enjoyable texts. 

To support children in their reading development, we offer a wide range of provision from phonics reinforcement in Year 3 through to tackling challenging archaic texts in Upper Key Stage 2.    

Our children understand that when they read a text, they are seeking to understand not only the content of what they are reading but also the writer’s intent as communicators.  They have access to a wide range of non-fiction and fiction books that are used not only in English lessons but across the entire curriculum to ensure a depth of understanding. 

Our approach to reading seeks to... 

  • promote reading for pleasure 

  • develop reading fluency 

  • expose children to aspirational texts 

  • expose children to a plurality of voices 

  • teach the skills needed to be a successful reader for life 

  • prepare children for end of key stage assessments 

We teach the reading content domains from the curriculum through the acronym VIPERS. Comprehension strategies are best taught through a variety of different mechanisms – all focused on improving the understanding of meaning of text effectively: 

  • explicit teaching of strategies

  • teachers questioning pupils to apply key steps

  • summarising or identifying key points

  • metacognitive talk to model strategies

  • using peer and self-questioning strategies to practice the strategies (such as reciprocal questioning)

  • pupils monitoring their own comprehension and identifying difficulties themselves

Vocabulary is a strong indicator of reading success (National Literacy Trust, 2017). We know from research that the size of a child’s vocabulary is the best predictor of success on future tests. Children with a poor vocabulary at five are four times more likely to struggle with reading in adulthood (Why Closing the Word Gap Matters: Oxford Language Report, 2018). Vocabulary is taught explicitly in every reading lesson, everyday. This improves reading comprehension, develops our children as communicators and provides them with the skills needed to cement future academic success.