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The Teaching of Reading at Thomas Buxton

At Thomas Buxton Primary we provide children with a rich and varied diet of reading activities, which include:

  • Daily phonics lessons
  • Daily shared reading
  • Daily guided reading
  • Story Time
  • Home reading
  • Partnered reading
  • Library skills
  • Book Week and special events to celebrate and promote reading
  • Reading across the curriculum
  • Online Reading Club
  • Book Clubs and Reading Partner Clubs

Reading in Foundation Stage

Skills

  • Associate the letters and words on the page with sounds
  • Learn phonics skills
  • Use memory (look and read, whole word recognition) to recognise key words
  • Use one to one correspondence
  • Begin to read for pleasure, sharing books and discussing the stories they have heard/read
  • Decode meaning through letters, words and picture cues

Application

  • Daily ‘RWI’ session (Read, Write, needed Inc. is a synthetic phonics program)
  • Daily session practicing writing graphemes to represent sounds in work books
  • Daily teaching of High Frequency words and Tricky Words
  • Daily reading in small groups
  • Daily Story Time sessions
  • Book sharing and browsing in the book corner

Reading in Years 1 and 2

Skills

  • Experience a wider range of texts
  • Begin to choose own books with adult guidance and make more reasoned choices
  • Practice phonics and blending of sounds
  • Move beyond decoding and develop ability to read for meaning
  • Develop comprehension skills
  • Decode meaning through letters, words, sentences and paragraphs
  • Comprehend and read text for meaning, interpreting characters and events, begin to make predictions
  • Daily ‘Phonics’ sessions
  • Shared reading within the daily English lesson
  • Guided Reading sessions- ability groups using the same text, reading aloud independently and within partnerships. Teacher focus groups and groups working with Teaching Assistants. Other groups working independently on reading tasks related to their text. These sessions are usually organised as a round of activities throughout the week.
  • Reading taught via cross curricular links across the curriculum
  • Daily Story Time sessions
  • Library sessions- selecting and borrowing books from the school library
  • Levelled Take Home Book (Oxford Reading Tree)
  • Reading partner schemes – selected children to boost confidence and promote enjoyment of reading

Reading in Year 3

Skills

  • Experience and enjoy an increasingly wider range of texts
  • Choose own texts independently and make reasoned choices
  • Develop and use the application of phonic skills and recognition of key words to decode texts with greater fluency
  • Further develop range of knowledge, skills and strategies to determine meaning
  • Read with fluency and expression
  • Develop inference skills establishing meaning at a literal level
  • Comprehend and read text for meaning, interpreting characters, events and begin to develop empathy for main characters

Application

  • Daily Guided Reading sessions- in the Autumn term these are grouped activities organised in a carousel fashion. For the rest of the year these are taught as whole class sessions using one text. Skillfully differentiated teacher led questions allow the children to explore the book at their own level.
  • Daily shared reading activities- in the English lesson as well as across the curriculum where appropriate
  • Daily Story Time sessions
  • Weekly school library visits and library skill lessons
  • Levelled Take Home Book – Oxford Reading Tree

Reading in Year 4, 5 and 6

Skills

  • Choose to read for pleasure and enjoyment
  • Make reasoned choices, choosing range of texts and genres, discussing these choices with peers and adults
  • Read independently with a sustained concentration for increasing periods of time
  • Know skills and strategies that are appropriate for different types of texts and can apply them
  • Retrieve information from text and interpret character’s motives from actions
  • Can make inferences and judgements about writers’ use of language citing evidence from the texts
  • Can evaluate and compare texts

Application

  • Daily Guided Reading sessions- taught as whole class sessions using one text. Skillfully differentiated teacher led questions allow the children to explore the book at their own level.
  • Daily shared reading activities- in the English lesson as well as across the curriculum where appropriate
  • Daily Story Time sessions
  • Weekly school library visits and library skill lessons
  • Selected children to participate in partnered reading schemes and Librarian led book clubs to boost confidence and promote enjoyment of reading and practice high level reading skills

News & Letters

Newsletter - 18th January 2019

The Spring Term is well underway with a range of great events to brighten these dark winter days here at TBP. It was great to see so many...

School Calendar

  • Tomorrow 09:00 RWI Workshop (KS1 & EYFS)
  • 22/01 09:00 Story Telling Workshop
  • 23/01 09:00 ESOL
  • 23/01 09:00 EYFS Learning Journal Breakfast (Attenborough)
  • 24/01 09:00 Dad's & Father Figure Football
Calendar and term dates...