At Cherry Grove, we place high value on reading and aim to develop a love of reading from a very young age. Through guided reading and guided comprehension we encourage all children to develop excellent literacy skills for lifelong learning. Every classroom has a class library with quality books to choose from. This year we have also introduced the '50 book reading challenge' across the whole school. These are located in children's reading records. Cherry Grove has excellent links with a variety of publishing houses which enables us to regularly host author visits across the year. In February 2018, we are very excited to be running the 'Love Reading Book Fair' for children, parents and carers. We also take every class to visit the library once a term where children take part in storytelling sessions and are able to choose a book.
Nursery: Talking, listening, extending vocabulary and gaining familiarity with core books are key elements of the Nursery programme before the children embark on systematic phonics sessions.
Reception and KS1: In Nursery, Foundation Stage and KS1, we use Letters and Sounds and Read, Write Inc to deliver a structured, systematic programme of phonics and reading. Children in KS1 also follow the Nelson comprehension scheme to ensure that comprehension skills are developed hand in hand. Children have guided comprehsion sessions once a week and guided reading sessions every day. Teachers listen to children read on a weekly basis and every class has a class text which is read to them at the end of the day. All children are asked to read for 20 mins a day at home and record their reading in their reading records. English lessons are delivered through quality texts selected by the teachers.
In KS2, children take part in daily guided reading and comprehension sessions using Nelson Comprehension. Children are also given silent reading time where teachers will listen to individual children read. Every class has a class text which is read to the whole class at the end of the day. English lessons are delivered and taught around a quality text selected by teachers and children. Children in KS2 are expected to read for 20 minutes a day at home and record this in their reading records.
Children’s individual reading needs and progress in reading is assessed each term using the Progress In Reading Assessments (PIRA) from Reception to Year 6. This enables the teachers to identify reading ages and any areas for development in terms of comprehension skills and plan lessons and support accordingly.