At Drove, Reading and writing are integrally linked. Each unit of work is based around a high-quality text chosen from ‘Drove’s high-quality-text reading list’. Our learning journey within reading and writing are taught through the use our three phase approach. This consists of three weeks which includes three individual phases. Both Fiction and Non-Fiction are covered each term.
Each term in writing, there must be one fiction and one non-fiction written outcome. In phase one & two, there must be four written outcomes. This includes two previously taught skills and two new skills. All skills are taken from year group ‘Integra skills lists’ and ‘The National Curriculum’.
To help demonstrate progress over a unit of work, children are asked to produce two independent pieces of writing per term – one non-fiction and one fiction. These tasks are called Assessment Markers and should take place at the end of phase three in the writing journey. The task set should enable the children to demonstrate the ranges of skills covered in that term. Over the course of the year, these Assessment Markers should show clear progress towards the Age-related Expectations for each year group.
At Drove, pupils are encouraged to become confident, enthusiastic, critical and independent readers. They are given opportunities to experience print produced in a variety of forms and for a variety of purposes. We believe children should read for information, interest and enjoyment.
The Teaching of Reading at Drove
Phase one is the pre-writing phase. This phase gives the opportunity to teach and research the context needed for children to access the high-quality text for the term. In a Non-fiction phase one, texts will be used to research background information and examples of the phase three writing genre will be used to prepare the children for their fiction writing sequence.
During reading phase two & three, children are explicitly taught how to use a range of strategies during daily half hour reading sessions. Each strategy is mapped against the KS1 and KS2 Reading Domains. These strategies are taught across the school in through whole class reading – where teachers and children engage in a text and answer a range of comprehensions questions. Teachers model explicitly the skills needed to answer these types of comprehension questions.
Reading for pleasure
We feel that the children at Drove should enjoy reading and have opportunities to read for pleasure. Book displays in corridors and classrooms promote reading for pleasure in class. Every day, 30 minutes are devoted to reading for pleasure. Children may choose to read their own books or books or magazines displayed.
Since September 2021, children in KS1 and KS2 have access to the online reading scheme through Rising Stars. The scheme offers the children access to a range of fiction and non – fiction books and comprehension activities. We ask that children read at least 4 times a week at home.
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