Holy Family has an inviting and engaging reading room, promoting a love of reading. All children can access this room on a weekly basis and is an environment where children can relax and enjoy reading, providing opportunities for browsing, choosing, reading and reviewing. The reading room promotes authors and books.
Reading is promoted as a vehicle to learn across the curriculum and a wide range of age-appropriate books are used in all class displays to support learning, promote natural curiosity and the acquisition of knowledge.
Reading at Home
All children are encouraged to read at home every single day and have a home/school reading diary which is returned to school daily. This encourages a dialogue between staff and parents to comment on each child’s progress (praise and prompts). Diaries are monitored by class teachers and provision is put into place for those children not being listened to at home.
All pupils will follow the core reading scheme (Oxford Reading Tree FS/KS1 Collins Big Cat KS2) to ensure progression in both word reading skills and comprehension. Children who are learning to read initially will remain on a book which is matched to their phonic knowledge. Those who have passed the phonic screening test will be supplemented with a wide range of texts including those from our main scheme, Oxford Reading Tree, as this is appropriate to their reading ability. This scheme is structured to ensure that children have access to a wide range of texts and allows for pupils to develop their skills within a level before moving to the next level.
In addition to their reading scheme book, all children have access to our reading room, which are well stocked with a range of high-quality fiction and non-fiction texts. Time is allocated to each class weekly to spend browsing the books and selecting a book to take home.
Nursery / Reception pupils will have access to quality age-appropriate Wow Words reading home packs on a weekly basis to launch a love of books and reading in this first year group.