Our Reading curriculum is varied and is taught through a mixture of whole class, small group and individual teaching sessions. High quality and age appropriate fiction and non-fiction texts are used in all reading lessons.
Skills of blending and segmenting are taught from Reception, developing decoding skills and sight recognition in order to develop fluency in word reading. Comprehension skills are taught in conjunction with fluency skills, teaching pupils the strategies to understand what they have read and to use model texts to support their writing. We believe that by building the fluency and comprehension skills of our pupils simultaneously, we are enabling them to become skilled and confident readers who will gain enjoyment from reading and who not only ‘learn to read’ but are able to ‘read to learn.’
Pupils are introduced to a range of authors and poets throughout their time at St Ann’s, allowing them to find their personal preferences and develop a love of books. Each year group studies a range of texts, to give pupils a varied experience of literature, exposing them to new vocabulary and texts structures.
We have high expectations of pupils and ask that parents support with their child’s reading development with our ‘5 times a week’ reading rule as part of pupils’ homework.
In order to help children in KS2 who still may find reading a challenge, we use Reading Plus in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6. Reading Plus is an adaptive literacy solution that improves fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, stamina, and motivation and is used to help our students become proficient readers. After completing an initial assessment, children access Reading Plus three times per week for 20 minutes at a time. They are also able to log on at home and continue to challenge themselves outside of school.