At Bulwell St Mary’s we are passionate about reading and strive to ensure all children become confident readers with a love of books and stories. Every night children take books home from our large collection to read with their families. We communicate reading progress and targets with parents through a reading diary. Throughout the week children learn to read through literacy lessons, reading with the teacher in small groups, individual reading, paired reading with a child from a different year group and independent reading.
All the Learning Support Assistants teach ‘Switch On’ sessions designed to accelerate reading progress for children who need extra support. We employ a ‘Reading Recovery’ teacher who delivers a series over lessons over 10 weeks to particular children in Key Stage 1. This scheme is particularly affective and the pupil’s selected always make accelerated progress.
As well as being able to choose books from our library, children also have the opportunity to visit the public library in Bulwell to begin the habit of borrowing books to read for pleasure. We engender a love of reading by celebrating events like World Book Day and by inviting authors and poets into school to inspire the children.
Each class completes a daily shared reading session. Shared Reading is an interactive reading experience that occurs when students join in or share the reading of a book or other text while guided and supported by a teacher. The teacher explicitly models the skills of proficient readers, including reading with fluency and expression.