At Oughterside School, we LOVE reading. We believe passionately that all children should be taught the necessary skills to enable them to read easily, fluently and with good understanding. Our goal is for all children to develop the habit of reading widely and often for both pleasure and information. We teach reading (word recognition and language comprehension) in a range of agreed ways using whole school resources. For those children who are finding reading difficult we provide extra provision to support them in becoming more effective readers.
How do we teach reading?
We recognise and understand the importance that word reading is a crucial step for reading success therefore we place emphasis on the learning of phonics the early stages of reading. (Please see our phonics page for more information on our phonics provision).
At Oughterside, we teach reading by following the Literary Curriculum (Literacy Tree).
The Literary Curriculum is a complete, thematic, book-based approach to the teaching of primary English that places children’s literature at its core.
The Literary Curriculum immerses children in a literary world, therefore creating strong levels of engagement to provide meaningful and authentic contexts for primary English.
Children become critical readers and acquire an authorial style as they encounter a wide-range of significant authors and a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
As a whole-school approach, children explore at least 110 literary texts and experience at least 90 unique significant authors as they move through the school.
Children cannot be successful writers without being exposed to a breadth of different reading materials. Each sequence of learning will have a text as its main driver to inspire and support the reading process.
Reading for Pleasure
At Oughterside we aim to ensure that our children develop a love and passion for reading. This will be demonstrated via children making informed choices when selecting a book to read; recommending books to each other and having the confidence to stop reading a book if they are not enjoying it. Children will understand that they can not only get pleasure from reading fiction books, but may demonstrate that non-fiction books can also bring joy. Children will choose to read a variety of materials which will be in the school environment.
We achieve this in many ways including reading to our classes daily, having exciting and well stocked reading corners which promote a love of reading, allowing children (EYFS) to take home bed time stories and books from our school library, visits to our local library van, termly 'Read and Relax' sessions where parents are invited into school to read with their children and story sacks available to loan out to children in EYFS and KS1.
Please take a look at some of our fantastic book displays…