Reading At Four Dwellings Primary Academy
Our reading curriculum contains a wide variety of different books from different publishers.
We use a wide range of stories, poems, rhymes, and non-fiction texts that develop pupils’ vocabulary, language comprehension and love of reading.
To promote a love of reading at FDPA, we:
Create class libraries (book corners) which are inviting, well-organised and contain a range of quality texts
Have daily story time sessions (class readers)
Encourage author visits
Celebrate reading weekly with awards in our celebration assemblies
Provide weekly timetabled library sessions
Award readers who have made good progress with the chance to win a book from our own book vending machine.
Work closely with the local library
Set reading challenges
Provide a ‘book swap shop’
This year we are launching ‘Accelerated Reader’ (AR) an online programme which will be successfully used across all Key Stage 2 classes. AR is an online programme that aims to foster the habit of independent reading. With a vast collection of books available in our library, the children have ample opportunity to select books that are of interest to them and within their reading ability. AR initially screens pupils according to their reading level, and suggests books that match their reading age and reading interest. Pupils take computerised quizzes on the books they have read and earn AR points for their hard work, which is celebrated each week in assembly.
All children are expected to bring their reading diaries back to school daily. They take a book home to read for pleasure that the child has individually selected either from the school library or the classroom library. Children who are still learning to decode also take home a book to match their reading level and phonic phase.
Our teachers read to children and model reading aloud during shared reading, changing the tone and intonation in their voice and pausing for punctuation. Our teachers are enthusiastic and engaging readers who encourage a love of reading for pleasure. Through focussed book talk, the skills taught in English lessons are applied to all reading across the curriculum.
Storytimes are encouraged to be engaging and interesting for all children. Each child's voice is valued during storytime, as they have the opportunity to make recommendations or choose books they want to hear read. Books are brought to life through the use of different voices, props and expression. The atmosphere for storytime is always considered, so the children can comfortably enjoy their selection.
Storytime books are selected by both the teacher and the pupils. Familiar stories are revisited and a range of genres are covered.
We encourage parents to read at home with their children by providing each child with a book to take home. Communication is key and each parent receives written messages in their child's individual reading diary to update parents with their child's progress and help parents know what they can do to support at home.