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 Mossley C of E, 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.
In EYFS and Year 1, we have implemented FFT: Success for All Phonics, which is based on an evidence-based pedagogy that is designed to support children’s social and emotional development, enabling them to enjoy school, focus on learning and be academically successful. Learning skills are developed by teachers explicitly modelling behaviour for learning. Positive feedback helps children to understand when they meet expectations and promotes an environment where the children are motivated and engaged. This scheme enables the application of the children’s phonics learning with their shared reader texts produced by FFT. These texts are modelled and read through a whole class approach to reading.
In Year 2 and into Key Stage 2, children continue with guided reading taught as a whole class and in groups, together with comprehension work. All KS2 children continue to receive opportunities for independent and shared reading through daily literacy activities.
Teachers use a variety of different resources to plan their guided reading sessions. VIPERS are used in both whole class guided reading and group guided reading sessions to ensure a coverage of skills is being taught. Each session will have a focus on vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval, sequencing and summarising.
All children take home their own individual reading book, which is carefully selected with support from an adult to ensure it is an appropriate book for them.
In EYFS and Year 1, the children take home banded books that link to their phonics stages and what has been covered during their FFT shared reader sessions. From Year 2 – Year 6, the children are able to choose from a range of texts in their class library areas that are banded based on reading age.
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 term using the current assessment framework alongside PIRA tests and the RAP programme offered by FFT, which we use for internal assessment. It is reported formally to parents through parent’s evenings, mini reports and a final end of year report. The progress of each child will be tracked throughout their time at Mossley.