Reading at Eastbury Community School (Primary Phase)

At Eastbury Community School we use many different ways to teach and engage children in reading within the primary phase. 

Children are encouraged to read in all aspects of the curriculum and for their own pleasure. We encourage adults and children to share this love for reading. Parents play a vital role in this when supporting children's reading at home. Children's reading ages are assessed by teachers and shared with parents to stress the importance of reading at home and how they can support their children. 

Phonics – Letters and Sounds 

When they start school, we teach them phonics, in a systematic structured way every day.  This is the key focus of our teaching in Reception and Year 1.  We use Letters and Sounds. By the time they enter Year 2 we will expect almost all children to have passed the Phonics Screening Test.  Any child who has not, will be targeted in Year 2 to ensure they pass that year. 

We all know that reading opens the door to all learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more a child wants to find out. It is therefore vital that your child finds learning to read and write a rewarding and successful experience.  

Here at Eastbury Community School Primary School, we base our phonics teaching on Letters and Sounds to support our children with reading and writing. Our aim is for our children to be able to read with accuracy and confidence, and above all to love reading.  

When learning to read, the children will:

  • learn that sounds are represented by written letters; 
  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/ letter groups using simple picture prompts; 
  • learn how to blend sounds 
  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out; and 
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions 
    We all know that reading opens the door to all learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more a child wants to find out. It is therefore vital that your child finds learning to read and write a rewarding and successful experience.  
    Here at Eastbury Community School Primary School, we base our phonics teaching on Letters and Sounds to support our children with reading and writing. Our aim is for our children to be able to read with accuracy and confidence, and above all to love reading.  

    When learning to read, the children will: 
    learn that sounds are represented by written letters;
    learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/ letter groups using simple picture prompts;
    learn how to blend sounds; read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out; and
    show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions 

    Daily Supported Reading 
    Daily Supported reading (DSR) is a reading programme that starts in the summer term in Reception and carries on throughout Year one and into Year Two if the children need it. Children read in ability groups of 6. Each group reads with a trained adult, and does follow up activities based on their reading and comprehension of text. In Year Two, those children who need it, continue with DSR and others take part in Guided Reading and follow up activities which encourage them to read and work independently. These sessions are run as an intervention by trained teaching assistants. 

    Destination Reader 
    Developing children's understanding of texts in Y2-6 through the use of strategies and language stems 
    Destination Reader is a new approach to teaching reading in KS2. The approach involves daily sessions incorporating whole class modelling, prior to the children applying these skills through partner work and independent reading. Children deepen their understanding of the texts they read through the systematic use of a series of strategies and language stems. 
    Destination Reader is not a scheme or reliant on specific texts, but aims to improve teachers' understanding of pedagogy in reading. 
    Feedback from schools currently using the Destination Reader programme has shown improved confidence for both teachers and children in their approach to reading. Children read with greater understanding, independence and, above all, enjoy reading more. 

Benefits: 

  • Provides a systematic approach to the teaching of reading across KS2 
  • Enables children to develop key strategies which deepen their understanding of texts 
  • Develops children’s motivation to read broadly for pleasure and purpose 
  • Increases children’s ability to lead their learning through the acquisition of key learning behaviours 
  • Places children at the centre of a formative approach to assessment in reading 
  • This approach can be applied to schools’ existing texts and broader curriculum 

Destination Reader Organisation

At Eastbury, we use DR from Years 2 to 6. Teachers introduce the scheme by teaching classes about different learning behaviours – Discuss and explain, support and listen and taking responsibility. They then move towards the introduction of 7 learning stems – predicting, questioning, clarifying, summarising, evaluating, inferring and making links.   Each stem has a week’s focus before moving to the next.  Each week children complete 2 ‘Selfies’ – short assessment tasks and 1 ‘Big Picture’ – a longer comprehension assessment task. 
In Year 2 we have altered the number of stems and made them a little more accessible to the younger child to enable Year 2 to be part of this programme. 

Accelerated Reader

Reading transports curious minds to wondrous realms of the imagination. It determines success not only in the classroom, but in life. Highly popular and successful for over 25 years, Accelerated Reader (AR) is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice.

AR has a beautifully redesigned student interface with improved navigation and tablet compatibility, and has the ability to:

  • Personalise and guide independent reading practice.
  • Develop lifelong readers and learners.
  • Tap into unlimited access to all quizzes and enjoy online support.
  • Increase parental support with web-based, school-to-home communications.

It's all about practice. AR encourages substantial differentiated reading practice to create strong readers. Based on each student's independent reading level, AR helps teachers set personalized goals for each student, and guide students to books that are difficult enough to keep them challenged, but not so difficult as to cause frustration.

In addition, AR helps teachers monitor students' vocabulary growth, literacy skills development, and other reading skills.

5 Steps to reading success

  1. Determine reading level. First, a student’s optimal reading level is determined through the STAR Reading Enterprise assessment. This assessment suggests a range of book levels for each student called the “zone of proximal development”, or ZPD.  Children should begin reading books that have a level at the lower end of their zpd and gradually move up the range in order to make optimum progress.
  2. Set practice goals. Teachers support children to  set individualized reading practice goals based on reading quantity, quality, and difficulty and they can then monitor progress toward those goals.
  3. Personalised practice. Personalised reading practice means students read books of interest at their own reading level. AR BookFinder makes it easy to find the perfect book.
  4. Students take an AR Quiz. AR offers more than 150,000 quizzes of three types on both fiction and nonfiction titles. Students have many different options for taking AR Quizzes, including laptops, PCs, tablets, and NEO 2s, as well as through the AR Student App available on Apple® devices.
  5. Receive instant feedback. AR provides teachers with immediate information, helping them monitor the comprehension skills of each student and inform further instruction or intervention. Students and parents get instant feedback to help motivate success with the use of Renaissance Home Connect.

Accelerated Reader – Rewards

We have implemented a set of rewards to celebrate our reading champions!

  • Certificates and Reading Champion Badges will be handed out at the end of every half term. There will be 2 reading champions from each class every half term.
  • The class with the most Accelerated Reading points, at the end of each half term,  will receive an extra break time.
  • The child with the most Accelerated Reading points at the end of each term will receive a £10 gift voucher.
  • The top 10 children with Accelerated Reader points at the end of the year will be invited to a trip to the British library.

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Watch Mr Connolly’s workshop on Accelerated Reader below.

MyON

myON is another great resource that we have access to because we have Accelerated Reader at school.

If you are running out of books to read at home, then there are a wealth of books that the children can read online here.

They are also linked to AR, so they will have their book level for example a 2.6 and they will also have their quiz number there too.

How to access the books 

  • Click on the link.
  • Click on start reading.
  • Browse books by category.
  • Choose a category, for example, 'animals', then choose 'pets'.
  • Over each book you will see it says 'Read' or 'Info'
  • Click on info and then 'i' it wil give you the details you need; age group it is suitable for, the book level (ATOS)  and also the quiz number.
  • When you have chosen a book, read it online and then quiz on it on AR.

MyON– Rewards

We have implemented a set of rewards to celebrate our reading champions!

  • The class with the most amount of minutes, at the end of each half term, will receive an extra break time.
  • The year group with the most amount of minutes by World Book Day will receive a bespoke author visit and workshop!
  • The top 30 readers, with the most amount of minutes, will receive an invite for themselves and 1 career to a special tea party. This will be held once a term/
  • The top 10 children with the most amount of minutes at the end of the year will be invited to a trip to the British library.

https://www.myon.co.uk/login/index.html- Follow this link to logon.

Watch Mr Connolly’s workshop on MyON below.

Ready, Steady, Read