For pupils to succeed in education, reading has got to be a priority. Therefore at Barden Primary School, reading is a priority. In taking these aspects into consideration, our aim is for all pupils – irrespective of their needs, abilities or background – to learn to read fluently and with understanding.
We begin with Read Write Inc to ensure all children can decode words and start to comprehend texts. Children will master a story teller’s voice. Using inference and punctuation, to influence intonation and expression.Once children can decode text effectively, we aim to build word recognition and develop comprehension skills in order to produce secure, confident, independent readers who enjoy and understand the benefits of reading.
Throughout their time at Barden, we aim to foster a love of reading in all pupils at Barden Primary School. We utilise our school and local libraries to encourage reading for pleasure. Within this space, we have a range of texts to promote volitional reading.
Pupils will continue to access the RWI programme in KS2 if their decoding skills are not secure at the end of KS1.
By KS2, we expect all pupils to be ready for the whole-class reading sessions that are undertaken daily. The focus here is on vocabulary development, the development of specific reading skills and immersion in a wide range of texts. These lessons use class novels as a stimulus for deeper thinking and link a range of fiction and non-fiction texts to these in order to further develop contextual knowledge and understanding.
Children visit our school library weekly and are welcome to borrow a range of texts, from newspapers to graphic novels, to read in class or at home. Barden Primary School also have strong links with the Burnley Campus library and we visit regularly to borrow books or join in with activities. Children all have their own library card and are encouraged to visit with their parents and carers outside of school.
We measure impact through learning walks, book scrutiny, formative and summative data, and pupil/parent/teacher voice. Subject Leaders meet half termly to evaluate the impact of reading and the progress of pupils at Barden Primary School.
We hope children leave Barden Primary School in year 6, fully equipped with the vocabulary and reading skills they need to be life long learners.