We take our responsibility to teach the basic skill of reading very seriously.
All children are taught the synthetic phonic code to support their decoding of letter-sounds as part of the journey toward fluent reading. Alongside this children are read to and have opportunities to borrow books from our newly refurbished and restocked school library to develop a sense of reading for pleasure.
Reading is an integral phase in our approach of Talk for Writing where children are exposed to and learn off by heart the language of written book text ahead of their own attempts at writing.
Individual readers and home reading.
Children move through carefully graded bands of books at their ability level which they take home as home readers. This partnership between home and school is crucial to supporting the developing fluency and competence of young readers and each child has a Reading home-school journal to record the reading they do. We expect children to read at least 5 times a week.
Guided reading and reading at school.
At school children's reading behaviours are carefully observed so that that appropriate teaching can be given either individually or in Guided Groups to help them make progress.
Any children that are not making the progress that is appropriate for them are quickly identified and additional reading practice or teaching is given to them. It is sometimes appropriate for children to either have special group or individual intervention to boost their reading and the school is able to draw upon powerful strategies to support individual targeted children using specially trained staff and resources. Where this happens parents will be contacted and involved.
If you have any concerns or questions either about reading or your child's progress in reading please contact your child's class teacher in the first instance.
Our Library at Bovington Primary School
Our library is a special area, set apart from the classrooms with a friendly atmosphere, modern furniture and attractive displays of fiction, non- fiction and reference materials. We think of our developing library as the hub of our school, engaging all pupils, teachers and parents.
‘What we learn from books and other resources becomes part of us.’
Library Association ‘The library is not aside from, or a buttress to the curriculum’
The role of our school library is central in supporting our children’s learning, as it plays a key role in helping them develop their communication, information handling and research skills. It also offers them a view of the world that is free from stereotypes, with equality of opportunity for all.
By offering them the opportunity to take responsibility for their own learning, our library helps children on their way to becoming independent and lifelong learners. Moreover, develop a lifelong love of books and reading for pleasure. The resources in our library support the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum, promoting the ability in children to read fluently a range of literary and non-fiction texts, and to reflect critically on what they read.
Our library is open during normal school hours at present. Each class has an allotted time every week in which lessons are planned and led by the librarian and supported by the class teacher. The skills covered during the academic year are: Library skills, Reading skills and Research skills.
During the academic year, we are planning to open the school library at lunchtimes, begin a reading group and develop further book groups. Although our new look library is in it’s infancy, we have bold and exciting plans and a dedicated team who are passionate about books and reading. Watch this space for exciting news and developments as our library story unfolds.