We Love Reading!
At Perranporth Primary School, we encourage a love of reading and endeavour to ensure that children are fluent, accomplished readers by the time they leave school. We believe that every child should develop a love of reading by accessing, exploring and discussing a range of texts and by reading widely and often. We encourage children to broaden their vocabulary, use their imagination and offer opportunities for children to share their opinions and ideas surrounding books and authors. We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in reading, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum.
We understand the importance of parents and carers in supporting their children to develop both word reading and comprehension skills. We encourage home school partnership, which enables parents and carers to understand how to enhance the skills being taught in school through good quality text.
These aims are embedded across our Literacy lessons and the wider curriculum. Pupils engage in daily reading sessions including comprehension, novel study guided by the VIPERS reading prompts (see appendix) and in KS2 ‘Accelerated Reader’. We have a rigorous and well-organised reading curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading and discussion. Our curriculum closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum for English 2014.
The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
● Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
● Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
● Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
● Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.
In addition to daily literacy lessons in EYFS and KS1, children excel in early reading through the use of phonics and continue to develop a range of reading skills. KS2 pupils access ‘Accelerated Reader’, which sets the right goals, gives pupils the right reading materials, and allows them to gain deeper insight into progress quickly and efficiently. We use a wide variety of quality texts and resources to motivate and inspire our children. We also provide a wealth of enrichment opportunities, from school competitions to national competitions. This ensures that children benefit from access to positive role models from the local and wider locality.
As a result, we have a community of enthusiastic readers and writers who enjoy displaying their developing reading knowledge and skills. Our recent Ofsted inspection (Dec 2018) highlighted that the school ‘celebrates reading and places it at the heart of the schools’ work’ and ‘abounds in opportunities for pupils to read widely and often, including through using the improved library or reading chalet. Pupils are enthusiastic readers who enjoy the abundance of reading challenges or lively class displays.’ Our pupils are confident to take risks in their reading and love to discuss and share their ideas. Click here for: Reading Outcomes
KS2 children use Accelerated Reader. Once every half term, they complete a short assessment with gives them a ZPD. This then helps them to find a book which is suitable for their ability. Once they have read the book, they can take a quiz.
Parent’s Guide – Accelerated Reader 360 | Renaissance
How you can help your child at home
Help your child to learn their phonics sounds. Use the sound cards provided by the teacher. Especially in Reception with the first set of sounds.
Read with your child every night (or as close to that as possible). 20 minutes a night makes a huge difference now and in the future.
In Reception Year 1 and Year 2 Children will have a book provided by the class teacher.
With the shorter books for our younger children we like them to read it three times. Once for accuracy, once for fluency and once for comprehension. Here’s some helpful resources about phonics teaching at Perranporth School: Phonics
In Year 3 to Year 6 children will choose their own book form the library from a range given to them by the teacher. This means that your child has the pleasure of reading a book they have chosen but are being supported and guided to choose a book that is not to hard or to easy. Read with your child and ask them lots of questions about what it all means. Please have fun and enjoy your time together.
Talk to them! The most important thing you can do is talk to your child and listen to them when they are talking to you. Try to extend their vocabulary range and their skill at talking in increasingly more complex sentences. For example, try to teach them alternative words for ideas, or nouns they already know.
Encourage your child to record their writing in a variety of ways. They may wish to keep a diary, write or story or send a postcard.
Support you child in learning their weekly spellings.
Make use of our local library.
If you would like to find out more about the 2014 National Curriculum in England for Literacy, please use this link. National curriculum in England: English programmes of study