At Saughall All Saints Church of England School we know that reading for pleasure is an important step in becoming fluent and confident readers and writers so we aim to instill a lifelong love of reading and provide lots of opportunities to enjoy and share books with others.
A language rich environment enables pupils to access new and challenging vocabulary on a daily basis and every class has a reading area with a wide selection of books, specifically suited to their age group. Our well resourced library has a huge range of new and classic texts to appeal to all ages and interests and children are encouraged to visit the library, borrow books and publish their own online reviews and recommendations.
Each classroom has a reading area with soft furnishing and a variety of fiction and non-fiction books.
Reading skills are systematically taught throughout the school beginning in Early Years with phonic lessons, guided reading sessions and whole class reading. Children build upon their fluency by decoding words effectively and develop more complex comprehension skills so they can demonstrate their understanding of a text by discussing and explaining their ideas. Teachers model reading strategies during shared reading sessions, whilst children have the opportunity to analyse and discuss texts in detail during small group guided reading sessions.
Wide ranges of reading schemes are used to support early readers including Oxford Reading Tree, and Project X as well as banded book packs for guided reading in groups. Teaching assistants also support reading activities to ensure that children have more frequent opportunities to read with adults and the school provides additional support for children who find reading challenging.
To help with phonics the link below will allow you to listen to how the sounds are pronounced under the ‘Say the Sounds’ section
Children from Early Years upwards bring home a reading book suitable for their reading ability from our banded scheme. We encourage parents to record comments in their child’s home school reading record so that teachers and parents can share information about their child’s progress in reading. Parents are encouraged to read with their child daily and information is given on how to support their child reading at parent evenings and information sent to parents and on class pages of the school’s website.
Once children have reached the free reading stage, children can select books to take home, from well resourced, age-appropriate books in the classroom or the main library which have over 2000 fiction books and 2000 non-fiction books. Those still learning to read have access to a series of books specifically developed to help children continue to grow in confidence as readers with a text that also appears appropriate for their age group.
We also celebrate World Book Day every year with pupil’s dressing up as characters from their favourite books and lots of games and activities, enjoy visits from published authors and poets.
No matter their age, we still encourage all readers to share a book at home with their grown-ups. We believe that this not only helps to develop inferential skills, but also supports a lifelong love of reading. We recognise the value of adults (both in school and at home) reading aloud to children, in order to improve their grasp of story language, enthuse them with a love of books and inspire them as writers.