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Norwood Green Junior School

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Reading at Norwood Green Junior School


Reading Statement


Guided Reading


Each year group has two guided reading sessions per week. Guided reading sessions operate on a carousel basis with teachers hearing all children read at least once every fortnight. Teachers work in small groups to deepen children’s understanding of what they have read. When not reading with the teacher, children work independently or in groups on a variety of activities such as reading comprehension, listening to stories, reading games, writing book reviews and creating book quizzes for other children.


Whole texts


Each class teacher chooses a book to be read to their class. In ensuring that children listen to stories read by an adult, it allows children to access texts at a higher level that they might not otherwise be able to experience. It also encourages a love of reading and “opens up a treasure house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.” (National Curriculum 2014) Children also regularly read whole texts, as well as selected extracts, in guided reading sessions.


Reading Eggs


The whole school has access to the Reading Eggs website. This is divided into two sections: Reading Eggs for lower ability readers and Reading Eggspress for higher ability. Children are encouraged to access this website regularly at home and teachers are able to set activities for children to complete. Teachers can also use Reading Eggs to support guided reading sessions by using the online lessons and resources.   

 

Reading records


All children have a reading record and are expected to read at home daily and ask an adult to sign their reading record. This allows parents and carers to become involved in supporting their child in reading and helping them to develop an appreciation of and enjoyment for reading.

 

Library


The school library has recently been refurbished. The children were actively involved in the design and their ideas were used to make it an engaging and inviting area. Many new books have been purchased in order to give the children the best possible experience of reading. There are a wide variety of both fiction and non-fiction texts for the children to choose from. Each class visits the library weekly for children to change their books and spend time quietly reading in this area.


Reading heroes/Get Caught Reading


Reading Heroes is designed to encourage children to read for pleasure. Children can earn points through completing such challenges as bringing in a book from home to read with their buddy, visiting a local library, watching a signed story and retelling it to their class, making fact cards for a non-fiction book, making a book for younger children and being ‘caught’ reading. Children work towards achieving bronze, silver and gold certificates. In addition to the certificates, children receive a bookmark for achieving silver and a book for achieving gold. Older children act as reading leaders for younger children and monitor how many points they have achieved as well as reading with them in buddy reading sessions. Teachers also participate in ‘Get Caught Reading’ and have their photos taken reading in unusual places as inspiration for the children.

 

Special days/ weeks


We regularly hold special days or weeks to encourage a love of reading. These have included World Book Day, Roald Dahl week, Dahlicious Dress Up day, Shakespeare week and Poetry week. We also have authors visiting to read their books and promote reading for pleasure.

 

Pupils at the beginning stages of reading


Pupils who are at the beginning stages of reading are withdrawn in a small group to consolidate their phonic skills.