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Reading at Greenleas

Greenleas is proud of the importance reading has in our curriculum, which empowers our children to become confident, enthusiastic, independent readers. Through a carefully planned programme of teaching and learning, children progress from hearing and recognising sounds in the environment, through segmenting and blending the sounds in words, to developing comprehension, fluency and resilience in reading independently across a range of genres. In learning to read, Greenleas children understand that they can read to learn, and our curriculum supports this ideology by inspiring our children to read more in order to broaden and deepen their knowledge. This prepares them well for future study as they transition to middle school.

  1. Letting children select their own reading books 
  2. Ensuring children are exposed to a range of genres, both fiction and non-fiction
  3. Having a clear reading progression system that runs throughout the school
  4. Conferencing regularly with children about their strengths and areas for development
  5. Celebrating reading success weekly as a whole school during assembly
  6. Maximising reading opportunities across the curriculum
  7. Setting high expectations for reading outside of school (Reading four times a week to achieve a Clover stamp)
  8. Liaising with parents via children’s reading records
  9. Encouraging a love of reading and reading for enjoyment
  10. Richly resourced library at each site for the children to access 
  11. Taking part in national and local reading celebrations e.g. World Book Day and the Summer Reading Challenge


Greenleas School Approach to Reading

Reading is taught through a blend of methods; primarily in the lower years through the Bug Club systematic synthetic phonics programme and matched reading books.  This is reinforced by regular reading to an adult for decoding and comprehension, and from Year 2 by weekly spellings to learn and practise at home. As the children progress this is extended to include whole class reading to build skills in appreciation, interpretation, retrieval, inference and deduction.

Our Phonics books are colour banded according to difficulty and progress through the  phonics phases based on each child's phonic knowledge so that there is decodable material for each stage of reader to practise their acquired phonics.   Subsequently once a child is secure in their phonics they are encouraged to develop a love of reading by choosing freely from a range of books selected for their year group, based on their interests and books they have read previously.  Additionally reading books are supplemented by stock from our Library from which children can borrow one title per week to promote reading for information and pleasure. Children are also encouraged to read in class frequently through shared reading activities and opportunities for quiet reading in class.  The Head Teacher runs a lunchtime story club for children who like to listen to stories read aloud.