Reading allows us to be transported from one world to another. At Carfield, we understand the profound importance of reading for a child’s development. Reading for pleasure can benefit a child’s education, social and cognitive development, their wellbeing and their mental health. The curriculum at Carfield is carefully designed to equip children with the skills and strategies that they need to become confident lifelong readers.
Reading lessons are underpinned by our Reading Key Concepts or ‘Big Ideas’ in order to not only provide children with knowledge but also develop reading skills, allowing them to know more; do more and understand more. Reading lessons are planned to ensure that lessons build upon the Big Ideas and that lessons always work towards children developing this knowledge and skills.
Children are able to use a range of strategies, including their phonics knowledge, to decode words enabling them to read a range of texts fluently.
Children are able to read age-appropriate texts at speed with expression and can read for punctuation.
Children utilise a range of strategies to read for meaning. They are able to find the information require in a text as well as making thoughtful inferences and connections.
Children can communicate their thoughts, ideas and findings clearly, using appropriate vocabulary.
Children are given opportunities to read a wide range of texts and as a result of this develop their own reading preferences and can express their opinions with enthusiasm.
Children understand the importance of reading and the impact that being a reader can have on them in later life.
At Carfield Primary School, we use a systematic synthetic phonics programme called Read Write Inc. Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 take part in daily Read Write Inc. sessions. This approach to the teaching of early reading is designed to ensure progress for every child. Children learn to read sounds and blend them into words. They apply this phonic knowledge to read and comprehend Storybooks that are carefully matched to the sounds they know. Children learn to read these books with a storyteller’s voice. The aim of Read Write Inc. Phonics is for children to learn to read early. By the end of term 2 in Year 2 children are able to read stories at over 100 words per minute. They also learn how to form letters using mnemonics to help them and they learn to spell correctly using their Fred fingers. In Year 2, once the children are off the Read Write Inc. programme, they are taught using the Carfield Reading Structure.
At Carfield Primary School, all classes follow a structured 5 day approach to reading. The reading structure follows a two week cycle where lessons develop a variety of skills. Lessons are carefully planned to ensure progress and every lessons draws on at least one of the ‘Reading Big Ideas’. Children are able to identify which of these ‘Big Ideas’ they are demonstrating in order to be a successful reader. All sessions are interactive and teachers facilitate speaking and listening opportunities. High quality texts and passages are chosen, appropriate to the expectations of the year group and interests of children.
During the two week cycle, the children take part in a different types of lessons.
Each two week unit begins with a vocabulary lesson. The purpose of this lesson is to: introduce new vocabulary associated with the focus text, develop vocabulary and remove any barriers so that children can access the subsequent lessons.
The aim of Book Talk lessons is to develop children’s language and discussions around reading. Children read part of the text and then, in groups, discuss and answer a given question. The questions are taken from Jane Considine’s Reading Rainbow.
Demonstration Comprehension lessons expose children to questions that require longer, more detailed responses. The teacher reads part of the text to the children and then models how to answer a given question. After watching the teacher model, children then answer another question independently.
During these lessons, children develop their independent reading skills. They read a section of text independently and then answer a range of questions. The questions focus on the different reading domains set out by the DfE.
Enrichment opportunities are carefully planned to stimulate children’s curiosity and a love of learning. Every year, Carfield celebrates World Book Day with a variety of book related activities. Children and staff dress up for the day and all lessons are focussed on a particular book. During the week, there are many activities happening throughout school to promote a love of reading. Parents are invited in for Reading Cafés where they can share a book with their child. The children of Carfield also attend the Sheffield Book Awards every year where newly released books are celebrated.
As we believe that reading is key to all learning, the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond what is taught in a reading lesson. Children have the opportunity to enter the wide and varied magical worlds that reading opens up to them. As they develop their own interest in books, a deep love of literature across a range of genres cultures and styles is enhanced.
Through the teaching of systematic phonics and reading enquiry, our aim is for children to become fluent and confident readers who can apply their knowledge and experience to a range of texts through the Key Stage 2 curriculum.
As a Year 6 reader, transitioning into secondary school, we aspire that children are fluent, confident and able readers, who can access a range of texts for pleasure and enjoyment, as well as use their reading skills to unlock learning and all areas of the curriculum. We firmly believe that reading is the key to all learning and will equip children with the skills they need for a successful future.