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The Mount Stewart Schools

Reading

Intent

At Mount Stewart School, we believe that reading is an essential life skill and we are committed to enabling our children to become lifelong readers.

We want our children to foster a love of reading, enriching children's learning through carefully designed teaching activities that utilise imaginative stories and thought-provoking texts.

Reading is a skill that enables children to develop their learning across the wider curriculum and lays the foundations for success in future lines of study and employment. We recognise the importance of taking a consistent whole federation approach to the teaching of reading to close gaps and target the highest possible number of children attaining the expected standard or higher.

We have high expectations of all children and we encourage children to challenge themselves, be resilient and risk-taking readers.

Reading and Phonics Implementation:

At Mount Stewart School, we follow the Read Write Inc approach to teaching Reading and Phonics, supplemented with additional Bug Club online reading materials. Our systematic, consistent, and rigorous approach to making all children become readers as quickly as possible. Reading is at the heart of our curriculum. Our bespoke Enlivening Reading lessons aims to expose pupils to a range of texts, including ones that they can identify with that are culturally diverse. Children are introduced to texts through the exploration of targeted vocabulary. Through further text exploration, we focus on the key reading strategies: inferring, predicting, summarising, evaluating, making links/connections and questioning, which support comprehension skills.

At Mount Stewart, we are overhauling the entire stock of children's phonics reading books, investing in a new Reading Write Inc reading resources. We are also investing in culturally diverse texts that reflect our diverse community to boost children's comprehension further. Our revamp of the Mount Stewart Libraries goes from strength to strength, with children looking forward to reading fiction and non-fiction texts and using our library areas to provide a haven for all children to think, create, share, and grow.

At Mount Stewart all classes follow structured Enlivening Reading lessons. All lessons are interactive and teachers facilitate speaking and listening opportunities, with children working hard individually. Passive learning is minimised and engagement promoted through low stakes assessment and peer to peer feedback, responses on quizzes and collaborative tasks.

High-quality culturally diverse texts and passages are chosen, appropriate to the year group's expectations or children's ability, and teachers use this to model the application of the agreed reading skills. Children are taught to notice a breakdown in reading - identifying words/phrases they don't understand and strategies to fix the breakdown in meaning. Children are taught to relate the text to themselves, previous reading experiences and the world around them.

 

Further to modelled lessons, children have the opportunity to read texts with greater independence and apply their skills when responding to a wide range of domain questions. More complex questions are evaluated between wider groups and teachers model how to refine answers to a high standard. Over a fortnightly period, all children will also participate in a library visit, enabling teachers and children to share books, read aloud and improve their reading diet.

At Mount Stewart, we believe that regular reading at home is important in developing reading skills. Books matched to phonics learning are available on Bug Club schemes for home reading to ensure children experience a wide breadth of reading opportunities across different genres.

Our reading scheme ensures children are offered high-quality books that reflect the diversity of our modern world. Children work through a wide variety of books at their own pace, reading most titles in each Bug Club series. Teachers monitor their progress and determine when best for children to move onto the next series, ensuring that a range of titles has been explored and understood.

 

Impact

As we believe that reading is key to all learning, the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the result of statutory assessments. Children have the opportunity to enter the wide and varied magical worlds that reading opens up to them. As they develop their interest in books, deep love of literature across various genres, cultures and styles are enhanced.

By teaching RWI systematic phonics and reading inquiry, we aim for children to become fluent and confident readers who can apply their knowledge and experience to various texts through the 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 and use their reading skills to unlock learning and all curriculum areas. We firmly believe that reading is the key to all learning, so our reading curriculum's impact goes beyond the results of the statutory assessments.

 

In addition to this:

Parents and carers will understand how to support reading at home and regularly attend reading workshops run by the English Subject Team.

The % of pupils working at age-related expectations and above age-related expectations within each year group will be at least in line with national averages and will match the ambitious targets of individual children.

There will be no significant gaps in the progress of different groups of pupils (e.g. disadvantaged vs non-disadvantaged)

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