Children in Reception Class take home a book from the school’s individual reading selection. Books will be changed 3 times a week and the children will have a book for two days so that they can read, explore and discuss with their parents what has happened in the book. Children will also take part in Guided Reading groups. Adult volunteers provide an extra opportunity for children to read in school. Children have a home school reading record for parents and teachers to record their progress; books will be changed after a child has been heard read twice and the adult has signed the Reading Record Book. Children in Reception Class will also take home High Frequency and tricky words from Letters and Sounds.
In KS1 children continue to take home a book from the schools book bands. They will progress up the book bands and teachers will regularly assess the child to ensure they are on the correct book band. Teachers will hear every child read at least once a week through guided reading sessions which are differentiated based on reading and comprehension ability of the child. Volunteers provide extra individual reading sessions. Children have a home school reading record for parents and teachers to record their progress; books will be changed after a child has been heard to read twice and the adult has signed the Reading Record Book. Children in Year One continue to learn High Frequency and tricky words from Letters and Sounds and word lists are taken home to learn when required.
In Key Stage 2 when children have read all the books belonging to the school reading book schemes they can choose a book to take home to read. All children will take part in guided reading once a week and will participate in shared class/group reading with their peers as often as possible.
The reading schemes we use at Our Lady of Hartley Catholic Primary School are Oxford Reading Tree and Collins Big Cat Phonics.