It is extremely important that children read aloud to an adult regularly to support them learning to read. We encourage parents to listen to their children read at home and we also give high priority to children reading aloud to an adult in school.
How often children read to an adult in school depends on the stage of reading they are at:
- In Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 all children read individually to an adult 3 times per week.
- In Years 3 to 6 all children read individually to an adult at least once per week.
- A small number of children in each class read individually to an adult every day. These are children who need some extra support with their reading to ensure that they don’t fall behind.
We ensure that individual reading is given priority and always takes place regardless of other events happening in school. When a member of staff is absent, support staff will be redeployed from other classes to ensure that individual reading still happens.
When adults listen to children read they will make a short note in the child’s planner and will write a more detailed comment in the child’s reading record which is kept in school. Comments will be based on children’s decoding, fluency and/or comprehension skills.
Organisation of Reading Books
For our early readers, books are organised according to the phases of Letters and Sounds. The documents below show how we have organised our reading books for children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Children are assessed regularly on their phonics understanding and this determines which colour band of books they read.
In Key Stage 2 we use Accelerated Reader to ensure reading books are appropriately matched to the children's reading. Children take a short test which determines which levels of Accelerated Reader books that they read.
We use Letters and Sounds to teach phonics. All children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 have a daily phonics lesson.