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At Joseph Cash, we believe that reading enables children to gain insight into the powerful world of imagination. Success in reading has a direct effect on the progress made in all areas of the National Curriculum; therefore reading at our school develops their independence, self-confidence and motivation. We aim to create 'readers for life' children who develop a love of books, who enjoy reading and read for pleasure.

 

Types of reading in School

There are many opportunities for children to develop skills in reading at school. 

Read Write Inc lessons

Teaching the sounds of letters to make words. Children are encouraged to segment (break up sounds) and blend sounds (put them back together to read)

Shared reading

Shared Reading is an interactive reading experience that occurs when children join in and share the reading of different texts.

Guided Reading

This is a time for children to practise decoding, fluency and comprehension skills. All children in the group read the same text at the same time though individual pacing may vary.

Accelerated Reader and 1:1 reading

Children read books tailored to their decoding and comprehension ability. Children take quizzes to test their understanding of the text.

Story time

Children have the opportunity to listen to a story being read to them. This highlights the importance of reading for pleasure and is based around the children's interests. This is a time for children to enjoy books, whilst providing language rich experience and opportunities to develop vocabulary and comprehension skills.

 

Why is reading so important?

Have you ever heard of the saying 'leaders are readers?' There is no doubt about it. People who read more, are more likely to be seen as leaders to their peers due to their expert knowledge.

Learning to read is about listening and under-standing as well as working out what is printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. It is important for them to understand how stories work too. Even if your child does not understand every word, they will hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard.

 

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 Parent's Learning Zone 

 

Reading at Joseph Cash

English literacy is at the heart of our learning and teaching and essential to every area of the curriculum. Children are taught to read in a variety of ways. Each week children read individually and in groups during guided reading lessons; they are also given regular opportunities to share a book with others. Guided reading focuses on the skills of comprehension and critical appreciation. Teachers read a huge variety of written material regularly with the children, fiction and non-fiction, stories, reports, diaries, poems etc. We believe in the importance of exposing children to classic texts at all ages.

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50 books to read before leaving JCP 

 

 

                      “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!”   Dr Seuss

 Reading at Home 

At Joseph Cash, we believe that reading enables children to gain insight into the powerful world of imagination. Success in reading has a direct effect on the progress made in all areas of the National Curriculum; therefore reading at our school develops their independence, self-confidence and motivation. We aim to create 'readers for life' children who develop a love of books, who enjoy reading and read for pleasure.

We have a home-school reading system (up to Year 6), which requests that children read for at least ten minutes each day. A home school reading diary is sent with the child's book for parents / careers to make comments in. 

 

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Parent's Learning Zone 

 

Reading at Home - KS1 

 

  Reading at Home - KS2 

Accelerated Reader

At Joseph Cash, all children in Key Stage 2 take part in the Accelerated Reader programme which promotes engagement and progress in reading. Each half term, children take a test which establishes their reading age and recommends which level of reading book they should be reading in order to make maximum progress. After completing a book, children take an online quiz to test their comprehension of the book, and if successful, move onto a higher level of reading book.

The children find this approach to reading enjoyable and engaging; - they are able to track their progress, challenge themselves and set their own goals. Achievements are celebrated by earning points, counting the number of words read and celebrating success in assembly with their peers when certificates have been earned.