At Easton Primary school we understand the importance of getting the children reading early, thus the children receive daily synthetic phonics. To find out more about the early reading strategies used in the school, have a look at our phonics page.
Research suggests that the 'goal of reading is comprehension and that skilled reading involves understanding as well as decoding text. In short, learning to read progresses to reading, effortlessly, to learn.' (Rose, 2005). For this reason reading is part of the daily routine of the classes. In Pirate class the children progress to guided reading sessions when they begin to decode phonetically and in both Aztec and Unicorn Class the children will have guided reading sessions on a rolling weekly cycle.
What is guided reading?
Guided reading is a structured reading session with a teacher or teaching assistant which occurs daily. Each child is seen by a teacher throughout the week and given follow up activities which use the strategies of Bloom's Taxonomy in order to reinforce and consolidate comprehension skills. Furthermore the children are exposed to a range of different texts in order to develop an understanding of author's writing for a purpose. The children are monitored and assessed on the reading fluency and comprehension. The children have in depth conversations about the content of their reading, discovering themes, language structures and author's intentions. They develop their own thoughts and opinions about a range literature.
Developing Life Long Readers
In each of the different classes the children are guided through their independent reading routines. The children have reading schemes which support and coincide with the children's phonics throughout key stage 1 and as the children progress through to key stage 2 they begin to develop an understanding of the types of books which they enjoy. The children are supported in their book choices to develop an enjoyment for reading and as a result the children are driven to read books by their favorite author and those that are trending. Have a look at the Class Pages for more information on each of the different classes routines and procedures.