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Reading Intent at Hurdsfield
Our Reading curriculum is designed to ensure all children know that reading is an open door to all other learning opportunities. They understand that reading frequently makes them a good reader, and being a good reader expands their world. Our children will embrace their own individual reading journey and will celebrate their reading milestones as they develop new strategies, learn new words, explore different genres, discover unknown authors, experience unfamiliar settings and unpick hidden meanings. By continually reflecting on their own reading journey, our children will not only be able to read, but most importantly, will want to read.
We do this through:
CORE LEARNING VALUES: curiosity, reflection, encouragement and challenge
Reading at Hurdsfield - a brief summary:
At Hurdsfield, we teach early reading in the following ways:
V = Vocabulary
Ensuring our children understand the meaning of the words they mean in context supplemented by daily word aware sessions.
I = Inference
Being able to infer actions, thoughts and feelings using their understanding of the text and their wider experiences.
P = Prediction
Using evidence from what they have read and what they understand to predict what will happen next and how this will affect the plot of the narrative.
E = Explain
Use evidence to explain their answers to specific questions
R = Retrieve
Find information from a text quickly to support wider learning.
S = Sequence (KS1) and Summarise (KS2)
Accurately pick out the main events and succinctly summarise these for a wider audience.
Our Reading Spine
At Hurdsfield Primary School, we want it to be a place where children are read to, enjoy listening to high-quality books and share their enjoyment of stories through discussion.
Our 'Reading Spine' is one element of the approach we take to foster a love for reading in our children. The spine is a core of books that create a living library inside our children's minds. It is a store of classics and essential reads that help our children engage at a deeper level and enter the world of the story. We have produced our very own 'Reading Spine' for every year group; giving children access to these high-quality texts.
Because we know that children bring their existing knowledge to what they are reading, our Reading Spine books are carefully linked to our Enquiry Questions. Our VIPERS text extracts are also selected to complement our Reading Spine Books. By doing so, we are helping our children to connect their knowledge in a meaningful way. Ultimately, while our children are continuing to enjoy a range of books throughout their school journey, they are also learning to become meta-cognitive readers.
We use the reading spine books in every year group over the school year. From your child moving into Year 1 at Hurdsfield Primary School, to leaving in Year 6, they will have been immersed into 43 of the most fantastic books available to children!
How It Works
Each year group has a set of (approximately) 6 texts that make up our reading spine. The composition of the books/texts chosen for the spine underpins (where possible) the themes within our enquiry topics.
The text extracts used for VIPERS sessions link with the whole class reading spine book and will cover the following genres:
Our weekly ‘Chatterbooks’ reading club has been set up to encourage our children to enjoy reading for its own sake, and have a good time listening to stories and chatting about them with their peers. The lunchtime club is made available to all children from Years 1 to Year 6, with each Year group having a dedicated half-termly slot. The aim of the sessions is to inspire our children to read different kinds of books, develop confidence in talking in a group and to grow their enthusiasm with fun and creative activities.
Participation in the group also increases the children’s book and author knowledge, as well as their use of the school library. Each Year group has an engaging theme to link the stories in their ‘Chatterbooks’ sessions, including, ‘Amazing Animals’ and ‘Chocolates, Sweets and other Treats’.
By making recommendations to each other, children start to read more widely and begin to discover stories that interest them, make them laugh, or make them think – and soon become curious to want to read more.
Early Reading and Phonics at Hurdsfield
Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible. We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.
At Hurdsfield Primary School, we use two main schemes within our EYFS: Read Write Inc. phonics alongside Word Aware and Concept Cat.
Children are grouped according to their ability across Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 to ensure that teaching is suited to their level. Phonics in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 takes place on a daily basis and in Key Stage 2 where applicable.
How will my child be taught to read?
We start by teaching phonics to the children in the Reception class. This means that they learn how to ‘read’ the (phonemes) sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down (graphemes). This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well.
Read, Write Inc. has 5 underlying principles – the five Ps:
READING SCHEME: We use a selection of materials within our reading scheme.
In Reception and Year 1, every child is assessed every 6 weeks to ensure that they are both making progress as well as ensuring that the groups they are working in and the books they are taking home closely match with their reading ability.
Oxford Owl is a free website built to support you with your child’s learning. You’ll find age-specific reading and maths tips and activities, eBooks, and lots of fun ideas to really bring your child’s learning to life. You will also find support and advice on a range of questions you may have – including helping your child with their phonics, motivating boys to read and ensuring your child is doing their best in maths.
This website provides information about the national Bookstart scheme and the Bookstart packs that your child will receive as a baby, a toddler and at age three to four. It also gives information about sharing books with your child. You can find out about Bookstart events in your area, which you can attend with your child.
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