Through our curriculum, we aim to nurture the following essential characteristics of readers:
- excellent phonic knowledge and skills.
- fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum.
- knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary.
- an excellent comprehension of texts.
- the motivation to read for both study and for pleasure.
- extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts.
Good reading skills allow children to access all areas of the curriculum. In order to read across the curriculum with fluency, accuracy, understanding and enjoyment pupils need to use a range of strategies: drawing on knowledge of context and grammatical knowledge; applying phonic knowledge and skills; applying alphabet knowledge and developing word recognition.
These skills are taught and applied in various ways at Yattendon.
Different books and text types are shared as a whole class or group with opportunities for children to discuss, join in with and comment on what is being read.
This is an opportunity to develop and practise reading skills whilst engaging with a variety of texts. Working with groups of children, teachers support individuals growing skills using a balance of questioning and guidance to encourage fluency and comprehension of texts.
Our children take books of an appropriate level home daily to practice their reading skills with an adult outside of school. As the children progress they will select their own books from the school library or from home.
There are opportunities in school for children to select books to read independently either from the school library or from Class book areas.