Reading is given a central role in the curriculum and is given the highest priority. Reading is taught in all of our classes with help from ‘Resilient Reader’, a fictional superhero who holds the ‘power’ of being a successful reader in his hands. Our mission is to give every child the power to become a Resilient Reader. We inspire our children to read through the use of Resilient Reader techniques. Created by Jacob Mitchell who works with us in school, Resilient Reader encourages the children to use the reading power of their left and right hands.
The left hand is used to summarise the text and ensures that the children have not ‘left’ anything out. The children use their left hand to skim the text and find the Who? What? Where? When? and Why? of the text.
Once the children are able to summarise securely they use their right hand to find the answers they need. If they use the right hand the answers will be ‘right’. The right hand is used to scan the text so that the children can find answers, explain, use inference, predict what might happen next and compare elements of the text.
Resilient Reader techniques are used from Foundation Stage to Year 6 as an integral part of our Reading Curriculum. Children in Foundation stage are introduced and encouraged to use their ‘left hand’ to get a ‘gist of a story’. KS1 and KS2 pupils first use the left hand to gather an understanding of what is happening. Their ‘right hand’ helps them focus on specific skills essential for being a successful reader.
Click here to watch the amazing Resilient Reader video or watch below!
Parents are encouraged to buy a Book Bag. This enables children to safely carry their books home and back to school again, hopefully preventing any getting lost. The Book Bag is also the place to find school letters. We encourage parents to check the bags on a daily basis for new books and any communication from school.