Our Kingsley Curriculum is designed with the intent to maximise potential of all of our pupils; intellectually, socially, morally, emotionally and culturally. At Kingsley, we value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We believe reading is key for academic success and we take every opportunity to encourage a love for learning within all of our pupils, based around a resilience for learning and achieving greatness. Books are central to all of our learning and you will find these in lots of areas around our school. We provide our children with daily opportunities to develop their word recognition and understanding, comprehension skills and, above all, their love for reading through our high quality Phonics, Shared Reading, Home Reading and English provision.
The teaching of reading at Kingsley begins with oracy and phonics. We use Letters and Sounds to teach Phonics at Kingsley Primary School. Early Years Foundation Stage use Jolly Phonics as a multi-sensory tool to supplement our main phonics programme. Phonics is taught daily in all EYFS and KS1 classes to targeted groups. Children use a range of practical approaches to learn new sounds and practice their letter formation. Continued practice is encouraged in both indoor and outdoor continuous provision. The teachers draw upon observations and continuous assessment to ensure all children are challenged and supported. This underpins the teaching of early reading in our school.
Some useful resources to help your child with phonics at home.
All children in Kingsley Primary School are also given access to age-related texts in weekly guided reading sessions. Children use a range of skills in these weekly sessions: they predict what the story is going to be about using clues in the title; as they read, they discuss unknown vocabulary and are given the chance to explore these words; they summarise what the story is about; create and answer questions based on the text and then complete tasks. Children are encouraged to make links between texts and use their new vocabulary in their writing. Reading is also a focus through the curriculum with all English lessons based around high quality texts. Children in Kingsley are required to read at home and share books with other members of their family. Children have access to a range of books to take home including; reading scheme books; dual language books and a wide range of fiction and non fiction books.
Reading is not only celebrated in classrooms at Kingsley, around school you will find displays which celebrate authors, children’s favourite books and reading reward schemes. In addition, throughout the school year the importance of reading is enhanced through World Book Day, author and poet visits, parent reading workshops and a range of trips and visits which enrich and complement children’s learning.
Through the teaching of systematic phonics, our aim is for children to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One. This way, children can focus on developing their fluency and comprehension as they move through the school. However, children who join our school in KS2 or who are not fluent readers by the time they reach KS2 are given target support to enable them to develop into confident readers.
Attainment in reading is measured using the statutory assessments at the end of Key Stage One and Two. These results are measured against the reading attainment of children nationally. Attainment in phonics is measured by the Phonics Screening Test at the end of Year 1. However, we firmly believe that reading is the key to all learning and so the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the results of the statutory assessments. We measure impact through learning walks, lesson observations, book scrutiny, formative/ summative assessment data and most importantly pupil and teacher voice.
We give all children the opportunity to enter the magical worlds that books open up to them. We promote reading for pleasure as part of our reading curriculum. Children are encouraged to develop their own love of genres and authors and to review their books objectively. This enhances a deep love of literature across a range of genres, cultures and styles.
Also head to the kids zone of the website for more links.
Oxford Owl – Online Reading Books
Book Trust – Stories and Games
Book Trust- Reading with your child booklet 3- 4 Years
Book Trust- Reading with your child booklet
Recommended Reads – https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk
Year 1 Recommended Reading
Year 2 Recommended Reading
Year 3 Recommended Reading
Year 4 Recommended Reading
Year 5 Recommended Reading