Reading at Kingshurst Primary School
When our children leave our school, we expect them to be avid readers, who read fluently and widely, and are able to express preferences and opinions about the texts that they read. We want them to read for pleasure, having had access to a wide range of text types, genres and authors in order for them to make informed opinions about their favourites. Through choosing quality texts and the knowledge they have gained from these texts, we want children to be able to understand more about the world in which they live.
At Kingshurst we believe reading is the key to succeeding!
Children receive books to bring home for reading right from Nursery. We expect children to read at home with an adult everyday. We teach phonics and children to read using the Read, Write, Inc scheme.
Reading Incentive Schemes
How does it work?
The schemes are very simple. All children have to do is read at home. Children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 have their Reading Record filled in and signed by an adult.
For younger children we ask the children to read their school reading book. We recognise the importance of all reading experiences, like bedtime stories, but for the purpose of our scheme we will reward when children read their school reading book. We expect this reading will take place with an adult as the children will still need lots of support.
As the children become more independent readers and move off our reading scheme books onto free readers we realise that they will read a much more varied range of books and sometimes read on their own. If children are reading on their own, please find time to listen to your child read for two minutes and ask them a few questions about what they have read before you fill in and sign the diary to ensure they have carefully read and fully understood the text. We recommend you regularly listen to your child read aloud to develop fluency, expression and awareness of audience. The whole point of the scheme is to improve reading standards and this will only happen if children are having regular, quality reading sessions.
The reading record will be checked regularly to see how many times it has been filled in and signed. It will then be stamped each time home reading is seen (only one stamp will be given for each day even if the book has been read more than once). When they have enough stamps the children will earn their first reward. They can then start working towards their next reward.
The Red Ted reward system has been designed to encourage our younger children to read at home and is centred around a teddy called RED TED, because we want children to Read Every Day and Talk Every Day. The scheme is for all the children in Reception, Year 1, and Year 2.
Read to Succeed
The Read to Succeed reward system has been designed to encourage our older children to read at home and is centered around lanyards and pin badges. The scheme is for all the children in Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6. It links with Accelerated Reader which is an online platform that we use in school. Once children have completed a book, they take a quiz and depending on the amount of questions they get correct, they can earn points which lead to certificates and rewards.
Please support us with ensuring your child/ren is read with / to every day at home.
Guided Reading at Kingshurst Primary
Children in Kingshurst have regular Guided Reading sessions. During the week they will focus on vocabulary, retrieval and inference questions as well as other key skills which enable them to become confident readers who can analyse different types of text. During these sessions, children will work independently or in a small group with the support of the teacher or teaching assistant.
The overviews of the texts covered can be seen on the documents below.
Autumn Term Overviews