At The Berkeley Academy we believe that the teaching of reading is integral to a child’s understanding and appreciation of the world around them: a platform that allows our children to see beyond what they know, share in cultural experience and develop the vocabulary they need to effectively express themselves. Our reading curriculum strives to foster a lifelong love of reading by developing the behaviours that they need to be discerning readers.whole class shared reading lessons
Children will have daily lessons following the Steps to Read sequenced planning. These lessons are set around a range of quality literature and each half term will typically consist of between twenty to twenty-five lessons.
Features of the lessons include:
Children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 also follow elements of Steps to read whereby they share texts as a class and learn new vocabulary. However the teaching of reading comes through daily phonics lessons using the Little Wandle programme and more information can be found on the Phonics Curriculum page.
Reading For Pleasure
Reading for pleasure is about choosing to spend time reading. Steps to read is just one way which we share a love of books with the children In addition to this we find ways to develop a reading culture by giving children regular opportunities to read independently, to an adult or to a buddy.
Children are encouraged to share their enjoyment of books and recommend texts to each other. They are read to each day from a shared text chosen by the teacher or pupils and have a range of books in class or year group reading areas. We work with children to help them, particularly reluctant readers to find books and authors they enjoy.
Accelerated Reader and myON.
From Year 2 – Year 6 pupils join the Accelerated Reader programme. The programme assesses children’s level and directs children to a level of books that suits their ability. Once they have read a book in their range, children can take a quiz on the book, or a corresponding vocabulary quiz which earns them points towards a target. Teachers can track the progress of children and monitor their reading habits. It help s guide struggling readers to books they can read successfully but children are not limited to reading books within their range.
MyON links to Accelerated Reader and offers children the option of reading books online.