We strive to develop a love for reading here at Collingwood Primary School and we reward children for regular reading through use of school team points and with trips to reading festivals to celebrate those who have made a real effort with reading throughout the year. Each child has a Reading Diary which we ask parents to sign to show that their child has read at home as we believe reading every day for 15 minutes makes a real difference with their reading ability later on in high school.
Reading is taught predominantly through Read Write Inc. Catch up interventions support targeted readers, enabling pupils to make excellent progress.
Pupils are also introduced to Oxford Reading Tree and pupils progress through this graded reading scheme, reading both at home and at school. The school has other programmes which can be used, for example Fresh Start for reluctant readers in Y5/6. We also have Mrs Lynch as our trained Reading Recovery Teacher who supports targeted children in KS1 and KS2.
Staff also do guided reading sessions...
where children share a text within a small group and cover comprehension skills as well as develop fluency and expression. Salford Reading Tests are also administered annually (or more often if deemed appropriate) which gives staff a reading age outcome. This information all feeds into our assessment of reading and allows staff to provide reading interventions where necessary.
Children also use the Mobile Library which offers a lovely range of books for children to read and enjoy. Our children have access to our school library where fiction and non fiction books are available for children to use as a home reading book or support for class work. Stories are also shared in assembly times that cover a range of themes such as friendship, changes and moving on. We also enjoy Book Week every year when classes spend the week reading a special class book. Chris Bostock, a story-teller, comes in to school to share stories and parents and carers are welcome to join in the fun. We finish the week with a Show and Tell Assembly so everyone can find out what's been happening across the school. We also invite Scholastic Book Fair in so parents, carers and children have the opportunity to buy books to enjoy at home.
If you would like ideas on how to have fun with reading at home with your children, please visit this website : www.wordsforlife.org.uk which has lots of activities and recommendations for reading with babies up to children age eleven.