At Broughton Junior School reading is given the highest priority as it is vital in order for children to become independent learners and achieve in all areas of the curriculum. We want children to become enthusiastic and reflective readers, who know the importance of reading as a life-long skill in the wider world but who also appreciate the written word as an art form.
Our English curriculum is developed around high-quality texts, selected to inspire and challenge our children. Where appropriate, these texts are linked to each topic and are introduced to children using the Power of Reading approach to explore them in depth, enhancing reading comprehension and encouraging children to ‘read as writers’. Through teacher questioning, pupils are steered into wondering about the text and the language used to develop a shared sense of enquiry as they reflect on, articulate and are made accountable for their responses and ideas.
The design of the activities ensure that known aspects of the text and language are covered, key questions are considered and reading strategies are practised within English lessons. In this way, the way pupils are encouraged always to think about their reading and their writing as in dialogue with each other; the way they are encouraged to develop a certain sense of control when they are reading and when they are writing.
We promote reading throughout the school and the curriculum in a number of different ways:
We believe that effective, targeted Phonics teaching and learning is essential for high attainment in reading and writing, particularly for those children that have not mastered Phonics in KS1.
Our clear and consistent teaching programme for pupils who need additional support with phoncs, includes the teaching of phoneme and grapheme awareness, sight vocabulary, strategies for decoding and encoding words, spelling and accurate letter formation. We believe these sessions, together with precision teaching strategies are essential to increasing the speed of children’s reading development and allows the gaps between KS1 and KS2 to be addressed.
Useful links to support Phonics at Home: