At Carpenters, we place a huge emphasis on the teaching of reading and providing opportunities for children to read so that as many children as possible develop a love of reading.

We aim to ensure that by the end of their primary education, all children are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject, so they are ready for their forthcoming secondary education.

In order to ensure that children develop a love of reading we:

  • Encourage Parents and Carers of children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to stay for the first 15mins of every day to read with their children;
  • Have a scheduled time each day for ‘story time’ with the class teacher;
  • Ensure children have frequent opportunities to read in school with an adult;
  • Keep the school library open throughout the day for children in the Early Years to access. In KS1 & KS2, children are encouraged to use the library at lunchtime or after school on designated days.
  • Provide regular timetabled opportunities to ‘read for pleasure’, including across the curriculum.
  • Provide children in KS2 with weekly opportunities to read ‘First News’ to keep them up to date with what is happening in the wider world.
  • Ensure children have access to a range of texts linked to their learning in ‘topic’ through our links with Redbridge Library Loans.
  • Ensure children have access to a range of classic and contemporary texts, both in their class libraries and through their engagement in reading activities with their class teacher;
  • Ensure children can borrow a range of texts from school to read at home.

Guided reading
The programmes of study for reading at key stages 1 and 2 consist of two dimensions:

  • word reading
  • comprehension (both listening and reading)

It is essential that teaching focuses on developing children’s competence in both dimensions; different kinds of teaching are needed for each.

While ‘word reading’ is taught through the teaching of phonics (with a specific emphasis on this in EYFS and KS1) at Carpenters, we aim to develop children’s reading comprehension skills through using elements of the ‘Reciprocal Reading’ method.

All classes from Reception to Year 6 are introduced to the methodology behind Reciprocal Reading during their daily guided reading time. During this time they will take part in some of the following activities:

  • Read for pleasure;
  • Research new vocabulary, themes or historical events associated with a text;
  • Read a text and begin to investigate their text in order to prepare for their guided reading session;
  • Develop their comprehension skills through small group work with an adult;
  • Complete a task designed to enhance and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the text they are reading.
    In guided reading, children are encouraged to explore a text and engage in discussion with their peers about what they have read. They are encouraged to make predictions, summarise what they have read, generate and answer questions, discuss vocabulary, clarify their thoughts and bring their understanding of the wider world to a text.

Parents/carers are encouraged to listen to their children read and make a comment in their Reading Journal, as part of their children’s homework each day.