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Reading Intent

At DBCPS, we aim to ensure every child develops a lifelong love of reading. 

We encourage a love of reading through:

  • Daily guided reading sessions in Year 2 to 6.
  • Daily RWI sessions in Reception to Year 2.
  • Daily Class story.
  • Whole school texts used for English.
  • High quality texts used for guided reading and class story time.
  • Lexile scored class library in KS2.
  • Children take home book banded or lexile scored reading books.
  • Ensure children visit the school library weekly.
  • Book fairs (currently suspended due to covid).
  • Book Week.
  • Reading across the curriculum.
  • Parent reading workshops.
  • 100 read certificates.
  • Reading assembly (not currently happening due to covid).
  • Library visits.
  • Ensure children visit the school library weekly.

The teaching of reading starts in EYFS. In the nursery, the children are encouraged to learn texts which are read repeatedly.  The nursery staff use nursery rhymes to build key vocabulary and phonic awareness.  The children engage in a language and print rich environment.  This enables children to make connections between sounds and letter symbols. 

In Reception, the children have short, focused daily phonics sessions as part of the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme of systematic synthetic phonics. This continues throughout the year, becoming more formalised from term 2 (November).

The RWI programme is used daily throughout KS1, with children working in small groups with a trained adult. As part of this programme children learn to read real and ‘alien’ words and to write the corresponding graphemes for each sound.

During these sessions, children also read quality texts using their phonic awareness which enables them to embed their learning.  The children work in small groups according to their confidence and competence.  These groups are reconfigured on a regular basis in order to match the pace and progress of each child.  These regular reconfigurations also allow class teachers to identify where 1:1 interventions may be required. 

  • In KS2, if children have not completed the RWI programme, they work in small intervention groups or one-to-one with an adult in order to close the gap.
  • Throughout the school, from Y2 to Y6, there are daily reading skills lessons using the Reading Gems (One Education) which aims to develop the children’s reading skills in all areas – decoding the text, understanding word meanings from context and comprehension including inference skills. Texts are chosen at a level appropriate for the majority of the class with provision being made for children with additional needs. The PoS is structured with appropriate amounts of time being spent on the different skills for each Year group.
  • In order to further develop a love of reading, children are read to daily by the teacher in a timetabled session. Books are chosen for interest and to address the needs of the class and are often beyond the actual reading ability of some of the class. Books are also available in the classrooms that specifically connect to the current foundation subject topics and these are displayed so that children are encouraged to read them and develop their knowledge and understanding of the topic.
  • Home reading is strongly encouraged and parent meetings and letters keep parents and carers informed of the school’s expectations and provision.
  • Home readers are colour banded so that children are given books that match their phonic knowledge which will enable them to read with confidence.  They are also expected to reread them and become familiar with them. In KS1, children take home a colour banded book and a library book of their own choice. The library book is a book that parents can share with their child. They also take home the RWI book which they have been reading in their RWI group.
  • In KS2, children take home a banded book or an appropriate Lexile rated book and can choose another book from the school library which can be shared at home with parents. In this way, independent reading at home is a manageable challenge and is supplemented with other books to increase the enjoyment of reading a wider range of texts.
  • All children from Year 2 to 6 have a Scholastic Reading Pro account. Three times a year they sit a Reading Pro test which assesses the child’s decoding and comprehension skills in a series of differentiated questions. At the end of the test, each child receives a Lexile score and is able to create a personalised reading list of texts which interest them. These texts are available either as a physical book or online eBook in the Scholastic Library. Once read, there is a quiz which checks the child’s comprehension.  Staff are also able to assign books of interest to each child.