At Meadow Green we want all of our children to develop a love of reading from their early phonics development through to independent fluent readers who can select texts and books to support their learning in other subjects and make choices based upon their enjoyment of a style or author.
At Meadow Green, we intend to…
- gain a lifelong enjoyment of reading
- apply a knowledge of structured synthetic phonics in order to decode unfamiliar words with increasing accuracy and speed
- encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live
- establish an appreciation and love of reading
- gain knowledge across the curriculum and develop their comprehension skills
It is our intention to ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read accurately, fluently, with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education.
To ensure all children experience a wide range of texts, the schools main reading scheme is ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ however this is supplemented with many other schemes. This is to ensure children access a variety of different texts to widen their knowledge.
Children are also able to access Oxford Owl and Epic Books. These are online reading resources which children can access both at home and school. This means that all children have the opportunity to read a wide variety of books in a structured, challenging and progressive approach. The majority of children leave Meadow Green as confident, competent readers with a love of reading. The reading scheme across school is constantly evolving and as a result, children are provided with books that not only challenge but also interest them and encourage a love of reading.
We feel children need to know these and understand them in order to help with their comprehension skills. When looking at these areas, children experience a wide range of books, extracts, poetry and video clips to help them develop the skills through a variety of texts.
Children also read to an adult in school at least once a week and have the opportunity to change their book twice a week (Tuesday and Friday).
We have a wide range of reading books for children to access in school, Oxford Reading Tree, Pearson Rapid Phonics, Ginn, Collins, Fireflies and Heinemann Discovery World. Our reading books throughout school are set on a book band basis, the banding starts with easier and simpler books at pink and goes up to the colour black which are more challenging. Colour bands are not set into age groups or year groups and children will move through the book bands at an individual pace, dependent on advise/teaching from the class teacher. Once a child has demonstrated appropriate fluency and comprehension of a range of texts from the highest band they are then identified as ‘Free’ readers and can select books such as classic novels or popular children’s authors based on interest or preference. To enable parents in supporting their child's reading development at home we have a book band guide that provides further ,information about the level of text within each band and the skills that their child will need to use as their reading develops
Summative assessments are carried out at the end of each half term and attainment is discussed with senior leaders in pupil progress meetings. We use the Rising Stars end of half term assessments to help support our judgements. The information from these is then used to inform future teaching. Formative assessment takes place on a daily basis and teachers adjust planning accordingly to meet the needs of their class. Attainment and outcomes in reading have a prominent focus throughout our school. Children at Meadow Green are motivated, enjoy reading, and demonstrate their understanding through end of block assessments.