Reading has a high profile in our academy and is taught from the very start of a child’s learning journey at Roundthorn. Every day, throughout the academy, children listen to and share stories to develop their knowledge and understanding of story structure and to develop their vocabulary and understanding of language and grammar.  Guided reading lessons are taught daily to all classes from Early Years to Year 6 to develop both decoding and comprehension skills.  Quality whole class texts are used as well as books that are banded according to children’s developing skills and also phonically decodable texts to support the application of developing phonic knowledge. Children are given opportunities to practise their reading in school, both for instruction and enjoyment, including adult supported Early Morning Reading, DEAR time (Drop Everything and Read) and in Breakfast Club.  The book fair visits every year and children are encouraged to read daily at home.  We have a range of intervention programmes, including Reading Recovery, delivered by specially trained staff to help those children who may need extra support with reading.

– Reading guidance for Parents document –

At Roundthorn we believe that children should encounter an environment in which they are surrounded by books and other reading material presented in an attractive and inviting way.

They should learn to read independently and with enthusiasm, both for learning and for pleasure. They should read a range of texts and respond to different layers of meaning in them.

We aim for children to be ‘Primary Literate Pupils’ by the end of Key Stage 2.

They should be able to:

  • Read with confidence, fluency and understanding, using a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct.
  • Show an interest in books and read for enjoyment
  • Have an interest in words and their meanings and develop a growing vocabulary
  • Understand a range of text types and genres
  • Develop the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
  • Have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.

In order to reach our aim of ensuring that all children regularly read for pleasure, we run the following reading based initiatives in school;