We believe that reading is one of the most impactful and fundamental skills that children will have and need throughout their education and in life, therefore we ensure it is taught to the highest of standards, and taught consistently to ensure progression is made for all children. Our vision is that every pupil will learn to read, regardless of their background, needs or abilities, and that every pupil will be inspired to become life-long readers.
At Candleby Lane, we celebrate reading throughout every phase of a child’s development. Our children’s reading journey begins in the Early Years, where children are exposed to daily phonic instruction and oral story telling. This is further enhanced through Launchpad reading lessons.
As children develop their phonic knowledge and their fluency for reading, we continue to foster a love of reading through whole class reading in Key Stage One and in Key Stage Two. We plant the seeds of early reading through segmenting, blending, and storytelling.
This then grows into appreciating texts at greater depth through the explicit instruction of the Fischer Family Trust Reading Comprehension Framework in Year two and Key Stage 2. This framework ensures there is progression and challenge as children move through each stage of their development.
At Candleby Lane, we know that good practice includes highly trained, effectively deployed staff with strong subject knowledge, a consistent approach across each year group and throughout the school and quality resources, which are well organised. In addition, good practice requires rigorous assessments which are used effectively, daily reading sessions based on assessed needs and close monitoring of the assessment and teaching of reading throughout the school.
We ensure that ‘story time’ is an embedded feature in all classrooms, reading across the curriculum is constant and all learning spaces are literacy rich environments, including reading libraries.
In addition to our strategies in school, we also encourage parents to support with children’s reading development at home. We also promote reading within the community by engaging with our local libraries and reading volunteers. The children are given the opportunity to regularly celebrate reading throughout the year with book fairs, author visits, and special events such as World Book Day.
Through the teaching of systematic phonics, our aim is for children to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One. This way, children can focus on developing their fluency and comprehension as they move through the school. Attainment in reading is measured using the statutory assessments at the end of Key Stage One and Two. These results are measured against the reading attainment of children nationally. Attainment in phonics is measured by the Phonics Screening Check at the end of Year 1. However, we firmly believe that reading is the key to all learning and so the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the results of the statutory assessments. We give all children the opportunity to enter the magical worlds that books open up to them. Children are encouraged to develop their own love of genres and authors and to review their books objectively. This enhances a deep love of literature across a range of genres, cultures and styles.