Reading

Little Learners and Nursery -

Reading to your child and instilling a love and enjoyment of books is really important.  To help with this, your child will bring home a home reading book. Please read this book to your child each day and return their Reading Wallet into school daily in order for us to share these stories in school. Should you wish to change your child's reading book, please place it in the red box in their classroom for their class teachers to change. Below is a list of 100 books for all children to have the opportunity to read, you will see lots of these books popping up in your child's book bag, but if you have a favourite, please let us know and we will try our best to send it home. I'm sure you will spot lots of the stories you know and love from your own childhood. You are more than welcome to come along to the school library and select books to share at home or add a note/recording on Seesaw to tell us about the books your child loves!

Further details will be shared shortly for parent workshops, library opening times, events and opportunities to learn more about our reading systems in school. 


Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and selected pupils 

If your child is part of our Read Write Inc. programme, they will receive a ‘My Book Bag’ book which is phonologically matched to the phonics scheme read in school. They will take this book home each Friday to read at home to you and it will be changed the following Friday.  Your child should be able to read this story without it being too challenging as it is pitched at the correct level. Children are assessed every 6 weeks by the Reading Leader to ensure children are reading at the correct stage.  Please listen to your child read this book daily or as a minimum, 3 x per week and note in the Pupil Planner. Our children are very proud of their successes in reading and are looking forward to reading to you. 


Additionally, your child will also bring home a home reader.  Please read this book to your child each day and note in the Pupil Planner. We ask that children bring their Reading Wallet into school each day to enable our Reading team to hear them read.  Should you wish to change the story book, your child will place it in the red box in their classroom for class teachers to change.

Below is a list of 100 books for all children to have the opportunity to read, you will see lots of these books popping up in your child's book bag, but if you have a favourite, please let us know and we will try our best to send it home. I'm sure you will spot lots of the stories you know and love from your own childhood. You are more than welcome to come along to the school library and select books to share at home. Further details will be shared shortly for parent workshops, library opening times, events and opportunities to learn more about our phonics and reading systems in school.


Accelerated Reader 

Children working beyond the Read Write Inc scheme will bring home a home reader to read at least three times per week. This should be a combination of them reading to you and you reading to them. We ask that children bring their Reading Wallet into school each day to enable our Reading team to hear them read.  Should you wish to change their book, your child will place it in the red box in their classroom. Prior to changing their book, your child will complete a quick quiz to check their level of understanding. This will help us to check that that their reading books continue to be at the right level. Staff will guide children to select an appropriate book within a band as their home reader; however, your child will have lots of opportunities to explore and select additional books should they wish. 


Further details about accelerated reader, the home reader scheme and opening times of the library will follow.

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100 Books to read

See how many of your favourites you can spot! Download 100 books to read below.

LITERACY

 ‘If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.’ – J K Rowling


Reading

Intent  

  • Bothal Primary School is determined that every pupil will learn to read, regardless of their background, needs or abilities  
  • Bothal Primary School’s phonics programme matches or exceeds the expectations of the English national curriculum and early learning goals  
  • Bothal Primary school has clear expectations of pupils’ phonics progress term by term, from Reception to Year 2, (and beyond, where needed, recognising and addressing the school’s previous under performance)  and our phonics programme aligns with these expectations.
  • The sequence of reading books shows a cumulative progression in phonics knowledge that is matched closely to the school's phonics programme.

Implementation

  • The assessment of pupils’ phonics progress is sufficiently frequent and detailed to identify any pupil who is falling behind the programme’s pace, so that targeted support can be given immediately
  • Bothal Primary has developed sufficient expertise in the teaching of phonics and reading that ensures consistency from one year to the next
  • Reading, including the teaching of systematic, synthetic phonics, is taught from the beginning of Reception  
  • Teachers have a clear understanding of how pupils learn to read
  • Teachers give pupils sufficient practice in reading and re-reading books that match the grapheme-phoneme correspondences they know, both at school and at home  
  • Parents are clear about their responsibility regarding early reading
  • Staff read aloud stories, poems, rhymes and non-fiction that develop pupils' vocabulary, language comprehension and love of reading.

Writing


From mark-making in Little Learners and Nursery to extended writing across the curriculum in key stage 2, the teaching and learning of writing is an engaging and developmental process.We strive to include cross-curricular links wherever possible in order to build well-rounded writers, who can write in an appropriate and engaging manner for a range of purposes and audiences. All children from Reception to Year 6 receive spellings to learn every week. In addition, Key Stage 2 pupils receive homework based on the National Curriculum statutory requirements of vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. 


An overview of our writing,reading and SPAG focus in each year group can be found below.

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