Reading

At Mere Green, Reading is at the heart of our curriculum. Every pupil will learn to read fluently and confidently, regardless of their background, needs or abilities by the age of 7. We recognise that being able to read is the single biggest indicator of success in later life. Our reading curriculum offer enables children to become proficient, fluent readers who develop an enjoyment and appreciation of books, giving them the confidence and skills to succeed and thrive in life.

Phonics and Early Reading

Our school phonics programme is Read Write Inc, which sets out a structured and systematic approach for children to become fluent readers by the end of KS1. The children are assessed regularly and grouped according to their ability, to allow complete participation in lessons. Any child which is not meeting expectations in their reading ability is swiftly supported through additional interventions, which are evaluated regularly.
In Read Write Inc, the children will:

  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple prompts
  • Learn to read words using sound blending (Fred talk)
  • Read lively stories and non-fiction books featuring words they have learnt to sound out
  • Show that they comprehend the stories by answering ‘Find It’ and ‘Prove It’ discussion questions

See the ‘Phonics’ section of our website for more information.  

Teaching of Reading

For children who have finished our phonics programme, we teach whole-class Shared Reading lessons. Within these lessons, children explore and discuss purposeful fiction and non-fiction texts. Teachers initially model reading aloud to the class, followed by children reading aloud. Each text is explored in depth to develop fluency, to unpick vocabulary and to develop understanding of the content. These lessons teach the following reading domains using both fiction and non-fiction texts:

In KS1, children who have finished the phonics programme will be taught the following skills:

  • Draw on knowledge of vocabulary to understand texts
  • Identify and explain key aspects of texts, such as characters, events, titles and information
  • Be able to sequence events in texts
  • Make inferences from the text (look for clues from which we can make an informed assumption)
  • Predict what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far.

In KS2, children will be taught the following skills:

  • Retrieve and record information
  • Explain the meaning of words in context
  • Identify and explain how meaning is enhanced through words and phrases
  • Make inferences from the text, and justify these with evidence
  • Summarise main ideas from more than one paragraph
  • Predict what might happen from what has happened, or what is implied
  • Explain how information is related and contributes to meaning
  • Make comparisons within and across texts.

Our Reading Spine

We have created a progressive Reading Spine at Mere Green of carefully selected books that children will read in each year group. This ensures that by the end of our pupils’ journey at Mere Green, they will have read a wealth of high-quality, diverse books. We offer an inspirational, ambitious Reading Spine including classic texts, texts to complement the curriculum and texts to develop children’s culture and understanding of inclusivity. Our class books are read aloud daily by the class teacher. Vocabulary taken from these books is explicitly taught and orally practised to further develop children’s knowledge of words. We continue to develop the use of supplementary texts throughout the wider curriculum to  deepen subject knowledge and to continue to develop reading fluency.

In Early Years, we have a weekly story which stems from our Reading Spine. Our provision is then based on the content of this book, including orally retelling the story, deepening understanding of the sequencing and applying new vocabulary.

See the ‘EYFS’ section of the website for the EYFS Reading Spine.

Reading for Pleasure

From EYFS to years 3, children are provided with home-reader books that closely match their reading ability, to support their phonics and early reading. All children across the school have a weekly library book and are encouraged to read regularly at home. We have two school libraries which are a place of inspiration, ran by a host of school-librarians. They are used purposefully each week within the school timetable to promote a love of reading, to explore authors and to ensure children have a book they have chosen. We also provide positive reading opportunities throughout the year to celebrate and raise the status of reading for our children and families.

Staff Development

We have robust and consistent teaching of reading through our personalised coaching approach to develop staff’s pedagogy and practice. Teachers are self-reflective and open to development. Leaders engage in evidence-based research to ensure our Reading offer is the best for our children.