By the end of Key Stage 2, we want children at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School to be confident and fluent readers, who have developed a love for reading. By the time children leave our school, we expect them to communicate through speaking and listening, reading and writing, with confidence, fluency and understanding in a range of situations.
At Our Lady's we promote a love of reading from the moment children start their learning journey with us. We do this by ensuring the children have access to high quality texts from EYFS up to Year 6, this includes both fiction and non fiction. In EYFS and Key Stage 1, children choose a 'sharing book' to take home from their class reading area. Alongside this, each child will take home a reading book from our chosen Phonics Scheme, Little Wandle. This book has been carefully matched to each child’s current reading level.
Our new systematic, synthetic Phonics programme, Little Wandle encourages children to read with fluency and confidence. Each week, the children access three group reading sessions at school with a focus on word decoding, prosody and comprehension before taking the book home to read.
We promote a strong home/ school partnership and encourage children across all year groups to read regularly and discuss books with an adult at home.
Each class throughout school adopts the 'Take One Book Approach' where a book is used as a theme throughout the teaching sequence from reading to writing. It is an opportunity to read, explore and write in a variety of genres using one text as a stimulus. Daily class reading sessions help to foster a love of reading and stories throughout the school.
We want every child to take pleasure in reading across a range of genres and have a strong motivation to read for a variety of purposes. These are skills that will transfer to all other areas of the curriculum and are vital to ensure a child's academic success.