Reading at Boundary
Here at Boundary, our aim is to develop our children’s love of reading and for them to develop the skills to further their own independent learning. We believe in developing a reading culture throughout the school day by raising the profile of reading through a print rich environment, classroom libraries reflecting the interests of the children and promoting the written word at all times.
Phonics forms the basis of the children's development in reading. At Boundary we teach phonics using a synthetic phonics programme to help children develop early literacy skills in reading and writing. We follow the structure of the DfES 'letters and sounds' document and also use resources from Jolly Phonics to support this. The children learn to write the letter and then blend the sounds together for reading and segment them for writing.The children will also learn a variety of other key words by sight. The children are taught how to apply their phonic skills to reading through carefully matched phonic books. Children read individually, in small groups and as a whole class. A variety of different genres are chosen at an appropriate level of ability for each group of children. As well as being able to read the text, children are encouraged to discuss the content of the book and their opinions about people, places and events are sought.
Key Stage 2
Through independent reading, shared reading in English lessons and cross-curricular sessions, guided reading groups and reading for pleasure, reading in Key Stage 2 develops and extends the skills acquired in Key Stage 1.
Children explore a wide variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction, which allows them to access, input ideas and understand what they are reading. They are given opportunities to speculate on the purpose of texts they explore as well as consider both the texts’ themes and audience.
Parents are an integral part of our children's 'reading journey'. We encourage children to read at home on a daily basis and communication between school and home is recorded in a 'Reading Record'.
At Boundary the children read a range of books from Oxford Reading Tree, Oxford Literacy Web, Project X, Pelican, Collins, Reading Corner and Orchard. These books are used for Guided Reading and as Home Reading books.
Our aim is to develop the children’s understanding of the written language by purposeful activities to encourage the children to see themselves as writers. We give the children the opportunity to produce wide-varied forms of writing for different audiences. Through these experiences, they can use writing to develop ideas and communicate meaning to a reader using wide ranging vocabulary and an effective style.
Reading to Writing Journey
Children spend up to 2 weeks looking at a specific writing style so that they understand what they need to write. We look at lots of different examples, identify the features of the genre and have a chance to work as class to produce shared writing. Once the children have spent time exploring the genre, they will produce their own piece of writing, edit and improve it and then complete a final version ready to publish.
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