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English Reading

Subject Intent

At Shenley Primary School, we are passionate about Reading; the teaching of Reading takes a high priority within the curriculum. Our aim is to ensure children can read well, as this key factor can significantly impact on success in school and beyond. Reading transports children to an imagined world far beyond their own experiences. We want our children to develop a 'love' of reading and take full advantage of the pleasure it offers. We aim to develop a positive attitude towards reading so that each child sees themselves as a reader. We have developed our reading corners to inspire children to want to read and experience this in a place of safety and inspiration. We aim to improve pupils’ vocabulary and reading through the explicit teaching of skills to all pupils daily. This is done through whole class teaching, using the sequence of skills from the National Curriculum for each year group, and appropriate texts matched to pupils’ ability and interests, to engage pupils and develop a depth of understanding. Phonics knowledge, decoding and oral comprehension is tracked half-termly against a series of checkpoints. Those children not meeting expectations are included in a variety of intervention groups to boost their skills. These interventions include Early Morning Readers, the Fluency Project and others which are tailored to meet the needs of individual children. At Shenley, we use VIPERS as a method of ensuring that teachers ask, and students are familiar with, a range of questions. VIPERS is a mnemonic to support the recall of the six reading domains as part of the UK’s reading curriculum. They are the key areas, which children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts. VIPERS stands for: Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval, Sequence and Summarise. The six domains focus on the comprehension aspect of reading and not the mechanics: decoding, fluency, prosody etc. They allow the teacher to track the type of questions asked and the children’s responses to these, which allows for targeted questioning afterwards. VIPERS is taught as a whole class guided reading session daily.

National Curriculum Aims for English Reading

The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

· read easily, fluently and with good understanding

· develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

· acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language

· appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage