Our ambition is to promote a love of reading for every child
70 – 80% of acquired vocabulary comes from reading
Reading a class book read once a day will increase learned vocabulary by 50%
Why do we have a daily class reading book?
It establishes a reading climate – by exposing children to the imaginative challenge of engaging with quality literature. New authors can be read that are beyond the children’s decoding levels.
If we want them to write well, then they need to hear what great writing sounds like!
Our reading curriculum is based on a reading spine
Reception – 12 core texts a year (1x fiction, 1x non-fiction, 1x poetry/rhyme every half term each lasting for a 2-week focus)
KS1 – a mixture of picture and chapter books
KS2 – 4 – 6 novels a year + one picture book
We also promote a love of reading through daily text work as part of the Talk for Writing teaching and learning sequence
Talk for Writing provides daily opportunities to:
- explore and learn new vocabulary
- analyse the effectiveness of a breadth of different texts
- learn, internalise and perform a breadth of different texts
- develop inference and comprehension skills
Children begin their learning journey in Reception being immersed in stories and rhymes. They quickly learn to decode through structured phonics lessons.
Our phonics lessons are based on the letters and sounds framework, Jolly Phonics actions and the Read, Write Inc sound sequence.
Children are also taught to read using the Oxford Reading Tree scheme alongside ‘real’ books.
Children at Nanstallon School enjoy a weekly reading buddies session. This is a really enjoyable session that promotes our values of collective responsibility, courage, equality and inclusion and work ethic whilst also promoting a real love of reading.