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Didsbury CE School

Didsbury CE School

English reading

The reading curriculum at Didsbury CE Primary School

Intent – why we teach what we teach

We provide a reading curriculum that gives children an opportunity to enjoy and engage with books from a range of authors and genres. Through reading we give children a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually socially and spiritually. Literature, especially plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. The skill of reading helps pupils to participate fully as a member of society.

During their time at DCE, we believe that children should have a range of opportunities to develop. their reading skills. Consequently, the children will have the opportunity to become increasingly proficient and confident at:

  • Reading easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • Develop appropriate reading skills such as inference, skimming and scanning and summarising.
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for pleasure and information.
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading.
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • Use discussion about texts in order to learn: they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.

Implementation – how we teach what we teach

At Didsbury CE reading in EYFS is taught through the Reading early learning goal.  Children have the opportunity to read through daily shared and guided reading sessions as well as participating in reading activities in the workshop areas both indoors and out.

In Key Stage 1, children participate in daily reading activities through guided and shared reading and activities on the reading carousel.

In Key Stage 2 children continue with guided reading in year 3 and move to focussed, whole class comprehension work in years 4-6. Some children will continue with guided reading activities if this is beneficial to them. All KS2 children continue to get opportunities for independent and shared reading through daily literacy activities.

 In EYFS, children take home a weekly bedtime book. In years 1-3 children follow the book banding system and take books home weekly that are closely correlated to  their guided reading band. In years 4-6 as children become more confident readers, they can choose from a range of texts in the classroom. All children from Nursery to Year 6 have a weekly library session and can select books from a varied collection.

Impact – how we measure what we teach

The impact of this reading curriculum is that children will be literate, their lives will be enriched and they will be inspired to further explore the world of books and the creative and informative opportunities that this offers. The children’s learning journey in reading is assessed each half term  using the current assessment framework and reported on formally to parents at the end of each academic year.  The progress of each child will be tracked throughout their time at Didsbury CE Primary.

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