Reading

At Bishop Bridgeman, we believe that reading is an important and vital life skill and we strive for all children to enjoy and value it. We recognise that enjoyment in reading arises from deriving meaning from text. It is our aim to develop and create passionate readers for life who are able to read confidently and fluently by the end of their primary school journey.

Guided reading takes place daily. Children are grouped according to ability; each group has at least one guided session per week with either the teacher or teaching assistant. Each child takes home a scheme book every day with a reading record. The children share their books with an appropriate adult in school at least once a week. The adult asks questions relevant to the interest of the child and encourages predictions. In KS2 we use the strategy of reciprocal reading. The children are encouraged to decode unknown words using appropriate strategies. Children develop independence in reading through completing activities related to their guided reading book. This work is recorded in a class floor book. A ‘Class Reader’ is also used to encourage children’s enjoyment of literature. This is read regularly.

 At Bishop Bridgeman Church of England Primary School, reading is delivered through books and resources from a wide range of reading schemes, including Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Collins and Rigby Star. These stories are carefully written using simple, natural-sounding language as well as subject matter children can be excited about and relate to. Key words are repeated throughout the storybooks so that children can gradually increase the number of words they can recognise and read. All texts are banded into a colour and children progress through the bands until they are recognised as a free reader and will have access to books from our challenging reading materials. 

We celebrate our love of reading at Bishop Bridgeman in many ways, including 'super learning days', 'book fairs' and through our whole school reading reward scheme. 

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