Reading at Swimbridge
In Key Stage 1 Guided reading is delivered by the teacher, or a teaching assistant, working with a smaller group of about six children. For small group learning activities the children are grouped according to reading ability. This means that the teacher is able to choose a book at an appropriate reading level. This strategy is our main teaching approach throughout the school and takes place in every class each week, A typical guided reading session lasts for between 15 and 30 minutes and includes:
A text is introduced and discussed.
Children will be asked to make predictions about the book by using clues from the title, layout and images.
The teacher will share a reading objective or focus activity for the chosen text.
The teacher will recall and revisit different strategies to help decode new or tricky vocabulary.
The children read the text; on their own, with a partner or within the group.
The teacher will observe and prompt the children during their reading.
The teacher refers back to the main learning objective or focus and brings the group together.
Children might be asked to identify particular words, to talk about certain characters, or to express opinions.
Guided Reading sessions also include a variety of activities designed to extend the children and address teaching points such as retrieving information; understanding inference and deduction; commenting on the writer’s viewpoint and effectiveness; and the historical and cultural traditions of the text.
In the Foundation Stage the main focus is on decoding and retrieval of information. In KS1 the focus is preparing to develop comprehension strategies and in KS2 this is extended further to a deeper level of analysis.
Whole Class Reading
In whole class reading sessions, there is a high level of interaction between teachers and pupils in order to develop a good level of comprehension. Children are exposed to a wide range of high-quality texts and discussion in an immersive environment that aims to provide appropriate challenges to build on pupils’ existing knowledge and understanding.
Independent reading is the reading that children do on their own, at school and at home. In class the children may work as a group, or will read independently with a teacher, teaching assistant or adult volunteer.
We believe that independent reading plays an important part in developing children’s reading skills and confidence. Throughout the school the children have access to a variety of different text styles in class, our reading bay and in our library and they are given opportunities to freely choose and read at their own pace.
The ideal book for independent reading is one that allows the child to practise the learning from a Guided Reading session. In this case, the book should be slightly easier than the child’s Guided Reading book because the child is reading on their own.
Most importantly, independent reading is the time when children get to choose their own books and can enjoy reading for pleasure as well as reading to learn.
Reading Schemes at Swimbridge
EYFS and Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2
One to One Reading
At Swimbridge School, this approach is used throughout the EYFS to support the development of sound phonic knowledge and skills in decoding words for reading. Each child reads to a teacher or teaching assistant. This approach is also used with children who are requiring additional support with their reading and for assessment purposes.
Reading for Pleasure
All staff encourage the children in all year groups to read widely. Although our reading schemes provide an excellent resource, the rich language and images found in the brilliant picture books and chapter books by popular authors are essential reading for every child. These books can give your child an opportunity to stretch their reading, experience different text types, and, enhances their reading immeasurably.
As well as rereading scheme books we strongly recommend our school and local library. Reading widely and often will improve how your child imagines, creates stories, writes and communicates ideas. All children need plenty of opportunity to talk about books, to share favourite books and to browse for enjoyment or to find information.
Developing a positive attitude to reading and books is as important as learning to read itself.
At Swimbridge School we recognise the importance of the time and effort parents put into reading to and with children in the home. To support this we ask that parents record all home reading and we encourage dialogue between parents and teachers through a reading record.
Children are encouraged to read every day and record this in their home reading record. This reading can include books sent home from school and the books your child chooses to read from their own collection or the local library.
Reading from a wide selection gives your child the experience of reading for pleasure and enjoyment. The reading record gives the teacher valuable information on your child’s interests and reading experiences.