Reading

Our reading vision: 

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 and promotion of reading for pleasure. Our goal is to provide pupils with many opportunities to read throughout the school day to build reading fluency and most importantly to 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.

 

Implementation (How we teach reading at MSJ):

At Mexborough St John the Baptist a range of strategies are employed in order to teach reading. We recognise the need to balance the teaching of the mechanics of reading, developing comprehension skills and fostering a love for reading. Therefore, organisation of teaching of reading has a degree of flexibility whilst ensuring rigour and quality.

Teaching in reading lessons, focuses on developing pupils’ competence in both word reading and comprehension as outlined in the National Curriculum Programme of Study for reading. Skilled word reading involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. This is why, at Mexborough St John the Baptist, phonics is the key to early reading.

All children in EYFS and KS1 will be taught skills and knowledge following Little Wandle: Letters and Sounds Revised in dedicated phonics lessons every day. Visit our phonics page to find out more. 

 

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.

Supporting reading at home

The documents below outline some questions you can ask your children when reading at home. The questions cover the different strands children learn at school.

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