Reading

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At Christ Church we want all our pupils to discover a life-long love of reading. 

Our aims in teaching reading are:

  • to ensure that all children learn to read confidently and fluently to a standard which allows them to access their future curriculum successfully (at least expected standard by the end of KS2)
  • to introduce children to a broad range of reading genres across fiction and non-fiction texts
  • to foster in all children a life-long love of reading for pleasure.

Children can choose from a wide variety of reading materials in class book corners, in our well-stocked school library, from the Mobile Library which comes to the school site fortnightly and from carefully chosen topic loans collection selected by each class teacher termly to complement learning across the curriculum and linked to our topic themes. Children have planned opportunities to read daily in dedicated reading time and also opportunities to read widely across curriculum subjects.

We encourage children to read at home regularly. This is vitally important in the early stages to support phonic development, but also later to check for meaning (comprehension). For more information about how we teach phonics click here. Children earn Reading Reward stamps for reading at home. Once they have completed their reward card they can choose a free book from our Christ Church Bookshop, which is kindly funded by the PTA.

Children have the opportunity to bring home a class reading book of their choice to share with their parents as well as their reading practice book. Many of the reading scheme books we send home have suggested oral comprehension questions for parents to ask their child about the book. For ideas about questions to ask your child about the book they are reading click ideas-for-supporting-reading-at-home-updated-october-2016

All children read in school with an adult at least every week. Many children read more than this, as detailed below. One of these reads is always with their class teacher but may also be with a teaching assistant or an experienced reading helper.  Reads are recorded in the Reading Diary by comments or stamps so that families can see the amount of reading taking place in school. Reads may be an individual read or a ‘guided read’, with a small group of between 4-6 children reading at a similar level.

  • In Red Class all children will read at least three times a week in school.
  • In Green Class all children will read at least twice a week in school.
  • In Yellow Class all children will read at least once a week in school.

Children who have been identified as needing extra reading support will read more often than this, with many of them reading with an adult daily. This will be discussed with families at Parents’ Evening and recorded in the Reading Diary.

Following a ‘guided read’ children are given the opportunity to answer comprehension questions. For children in YR and Y1 this is generally orally. Children in Y2 and above will have the opportunity to practise written reading comprehensions by answering questions on the book they have read in the guided read or another suitable text.

Teachers read to their class every day, either:  a short story, a picture book or an ongoing longer novel.  This supports the development of reading g for pleasure as well as exposing children to well-structured texts and more extensive vocabulary than they would be able to read alone. Teachers ensure they are good role models for pupils and talk enthusiastically about their own reading as well as about current children’s literature.

Children in Year 2 and Year 6 take part in statutory assessments (SATs) for reading in May each year. Pupils are supported in school by practising the format of these tests at several points during the year. These results are reported parents and to the government. Parents are able to discuss these at parents’ Evening. A summary of the results are available on this website (no individual data is displayed). Click here to go to our Results