The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Reading 

Our approach to the teaching of Reading.

At Lynsted and Norton School, our aim is to foster a love of reading that carries on into adulthood. Reading is given high profile within the school on a daily basis. We have children reading to themselves, individually to an adult, whole class and in small groups and we encourage adults reading to the class, to teach them expression and reading to the text. We want our children to become fluent and confident readers.

 We start from the very beginning of learning to read, by using phonics alongside the  Start Early Literacy scheme for Reception and Year 1 with children moving on to the Accelerated Reader program when they are ready.

 The AR program enables the children to choose a book of their choice from a range of suitable texts that are accessible but still extending their reading skills. After each book, a short quiz assesses their comprehension and grasp of vocabulary. The AR program gives both the children and teachers valuable information about reading progress as well as helping to identify any potential problems.  Parents and Carers can also be informed of their child’s success in the quizzes by signing up to the Home Connect facility on the AR program. For more information about AR, click here.

 What does Reading look like in class?

  We use the Power of Reading to aid our English lesson planning. This immerses our children in challenging texts and helps us to deliver effective lessons which move children's learning forward.

As a staff we have assessed and discussed how we read in school and looked at the strengths and barriers to reading.

Strengths

  • Most of the children enjoy either being read to or reading
  • Children enjoy reading aloud, no matter what their ability
  • Children like to talk to someone about what they are reading
  • Reading competitions are well supported
  • Ability to draw upon additional support of 1-1 phonic support when needed

Barriers to fluency

  • Although the children are good within phonics sessions some children struggle when applying this to reading.
  • Reading outside school is varied
  • Reading stamina is low with children generally having low reading speeds
  • Understanding of the meaning of more challenging vocabulary can be poor

 Each class will have a dedicated session, at least once a week, where reading fluency is a focus. Staff and children will use a range of strategies such as whole class reading, paired reading, echo reading to analyse a piece of challenging text focusing on;

  • Vocabulary (understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context)
  • Retrieval
  • Summarising
  • Inference (reading between the lines)
  • Predicting
  • Identifying and explaining
  • Making comparisons

Reading at home... 

We believe that children become confident and fluent readers when both school and home support them. We encourage parents to hear their children read a little every evening and record comments in a reading record. In the Early Years and KS1 children will take home a scheme book (graded to their stage of development) to practise their reading skills at home.  They also take home a picture book for parents to read to them to ensure they have every opportunity to develop their language skills and enjoy a shared reading experience.  By reading regularly at home children are much more likely to become life-long readers. In KS2 reading at home remains part of children's home learning tasks.  Even when children become fluent independent readers we will still encourage reading together and discussing the book to secure good comprehension skills.

To support parents to help their child’s reading development, we have produced a list of questions that you can ask your child before and during reading sessions. These questions will focus their attention on punctuation and the words used in their books. This technique works well when a few questions from each section are asked during reading sessions – we are not expecting you to cover the whole list each night.

Before you start to read, focus your child’s attention on the page. Children need to become familiar with the material before they read.

Discuss the picture in the book (or on the front cover):

  • What’s happening?
  • What’s the time of day?
  • What will happen next?
  • How do the characters feel?
  • How does it make you feel?
  • How many children/characters do you see?

Now, read a page or two and to help your child understand how language is written, ask a few questions from the list below. 

Ask the children to quickly find:

  • A specific word
  • A full stop
  • A question mark
  • An exclamation mark
  • Some speech marks

To help your child understand the meaning of what they have read, ask a few questions from the list below.

Ask your child to quickly point to a word that:

  • Begins with the sound of ____
  • Ends with the sound of_____
  • Means ______
  • Means the opposite of ______
  • Is the name of a girl/ boy/ animal/ place
  • Is a colour word
  • Tells us what time of day it is