At Mexborough St John the Baptist we value reading as a key life skill and are dedicated to ensuring our pupils become lifelong readers. We aim to foster an outstanding reading culture through the teaching of reading skills, using the VIPERS approach and promotion of reading for pleasure. Our aim is to provide pupils with many opportunities to read throughout the school day through: whole class reading sessions, novel study, independent reading and class story time to build reading fluency but to also enjoy a text. Our reading curriculum ensures pupils are exposed to a wide range of books throughout the year. By the time pupils leave Mexborough St John the Baptist, we hope they have built a love of reading which grows with them as they continue their education.
A clearly sequenced structure is in place for teaching reading across school using strategies drawn from research. As children progress through school the way reading is taught is adapted to meet their needs, stage and age of development. The following strategies are used:
Sharing stories and nursery rhymes in F1. Book at bedtime is used to encourage children to share books at home with their families. When children are ready they are introduced to letter sounds and match pictures to sound and graphemes.
Use of Little Wandle phonics is the main approach to decoding in EYFS and KS1, with phonically decodable books to match each phase.
Use of Little Wandle guided reading is the main approach to reading in EYFS, KS1 and where appropriate KS2 with phonically decodable books to match each stage. The focus being on fluency, prosody and comprehension.
Whole class reading in KS2 focuses fluency, decoding, and developing a range of reading strategies.
We value reading for pleasure at Mexborough St Johns and encourage our children to see the wonder and magic of books across our curriculum as well as time to develop their independence as readers. Reading for pleasure opens up new worlds for children. It gives them the opportunity to use their imagination to explore new ideas, visit new places and meet new characters. It helps them to understand their own identity, and gives them an insight into the world and the views of others.
We love reading!
We encourage children to read as often as possible at home and in school. To help motivate children to read and apply their reading skills we have a weekly prize reward system for the whole school. If children read regularly at home and in school and apply their reading skills, then they will be picked to select a book from our book vending machine. The book they choose is a gift and can be taken home.