Reading is the key to academic success. Those children who enjoy reading, and can read well, have the door opened to a world of opportunity. At Mevagissey Primary School, encouraging children to love reading is at the heart of everything we do.
How do we prioritise reading?
In 2019, having listened to the thoughts of our learners, we decided it was time to change the way we taught reading comprehension.
We agreed that a carousal of activities, where children were placed into smaller focus groups, would allow us to best meet the needs of all our learners. We were eager to turn reading comprehension into a session children enjoyed. To achieve this, we introduced a range of exciting activities - from watching videos on Literacy Shed and answering comprehension questions, to reading their class novel as part of a small group. The novel study station would be led by an adult and the rationale was simple: share in the children’s excitement and promote a love of stories.
We also incorporated the fantastic Cracking Comprehension resource into our sessions.
Finally, we adopted the Reading VIPERS (vocabulary, infer, predict, explain, retrieve, summarise) approach, a strategy aimed at teaching children the skills required to identify the different question types they might face in a reading test.
How the children see VIPERS in every class.
Ultimately, our guided reading sessions are geared towards the unpicking and teaching of ambitious and challenging language.
Children enjoy daily 30 minute reading sessions. The carousal approach ensures that every child has the opportunity to read out loud to an adult at least twice a week. It also helps children improve their reading fluency and stamina.
To ensure children have access to a broad range of texts, we recently renewed our partnership with the library service. Our library is now full of exciting, high-quality texts!
How do we promote a love of reading?
Teachers read to their classes daily, and through hearing stories, children are exposed to high-quality literature and given the opportunity to build their vocabulary. The shared joy of reading a class novel – in our opinion – is the most effective way of demonstrating to children the power of a great story.
We have a number of initiatives that aim to promote a love of reading among our pupils. For instance, we have recently introduced our Class Ping Pong Challenge. Children earn ping pong balls when they read and quiz on their AR books. Once their class tube is full (photograph below) children receive a class reward, where their teacher reads them a new story and they share a small treat. We also have ‘Hot Chocolate Fridays’. Each week, children who have read regularly at home celebrate their reading achievements with a hot chocolate.
We would love for every child to read at home every night. The benefit of this is to really instill a life long love of reading within our children. When children have read at home they get a sticker in their reading record and get to move their name on their class chart. This then contributes towards the whole class reward where they get to listen to an adult read their favourite book whilst having a munch on some yummy popcorn. Reading at home not only supports the children's progress and development but it also strengthens the bond with adults at home who are invested in listening and talking to their children about their book of choice. Click on the picture below to get some tips on how to support children with reading at home.
Look who got caught reading!
Programme and progress
Children have access to explore a range of texts within our school library to support their individual reading development. The children use our library system and Accelerated Reader to select reading books that excite them and that are the correct reading level to help nurture their love of reading.
Each class has a carefully selected Novel study that we use each day for our shared reading sessions. The children are encouraged to read out aloud, share exciting parts of the chapters with each other and discuss the novel as a group alongside a supportive adult who helps to guide the session. The novel is also used as our stimulus for our writing so we jump in with both feet to immerse our self in fantastic language and stories!
Guided reading takes place everyday through a carousel of exciting activities that really support the development of the children's reading skills. We use VIPERS to ensure the children are aware of all of the different ways they can learn to comprehend what they have read. Each day the children experience a new reading station with differentiated activities such as video comprehension, group novel study with an adult or cracking comprehension guided by their teacher.
Please take a look at the video at the top of our page.
Books match sounds
KS1 - How do we provide suitable books?
Through our grouping and RWI programme, children are given individual RWI reading books that focus on the sounds they have been most recently taught. These are then sent home for them to practice with their adult and succeed in independent reading. They are changed twice a week and monitored closely by staff. Children also have the opportunity to select a library book of their choice to take home and foster that love of reading.
KS2 -How do we provide suitable books?
We use the brilliant Accelerated Reader to track reading and ensure that pupils are selecting books of a suitable difficulty. At the start of each half term, children take a STAR reading assessment. This provides the teacher with a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) range for each child, which directly correlates to book difficulty.
Click below for the parents guide to accelerated reader.
Our RWI approach to reading is embedded in every aspect of reading in KS1. As soon as the children enter the school they begin their RWI journey right through to the end of the programme. In Year 1 and 2, it is run alongside our guided reading carousel to ensure our fantastic results from our Yr1 Phonics screening and KS1 reading SATs continue into the children's progression in KS2.
Catch up quickly
Regarding RWI, the children are assessed at the start of the academic year and grouped according to their ability.
They work in small groups with a RWI reading teacher and at the end of each half term the children will be assessed again to check they have made progress and will be grouped again. This is alongside regular assessments conducted by the reading teacher where 1:1 support is offered through afternoon intervention if needed by RWI trained staff.
In KS2, intervention groups are run in the afternoon to support pre-teaching for the next day or to work 1:1 with individual children to target specific VIPERS areas.
Throughout the whole school we also focus on the bottom 20% of each class and ensure they are supported in their reading at least 3 times, 1:1 each week. This is also on top of their normal, targeted class guided reading sessions.
Early reading experts
We have 9 trained RWI experts that span across KS1 and KS2. All of these members of staff have received the official RWI training and attend top up training when needed. We also have regular challenge days with our RWI trainer where our provision is constantly monitored and our RWI leads supported to be the best RWI teachers they can be.
Staff within our school understand the concept of RWI and it is weaved through classroom and intervention practice through KS1 and KS2.
Recommended Book lists
Have a look at the recommended year group books below. Listed are the top fifty books that are recommended that your child reads. See how many you can read and share them with us when you do!
Click on the photo below for the Year 3 recommended reading list.
Click on the photo for the Year 3 recommended reading list.
Click on the photo below for the Year 5 recommended book list.
Click on the picture to see the Year 5 recommended book list.
Reading Book marks to support your children's reading at home.
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