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Gildersome Primary School

Nurture, Aspire, Achieve




At Gildersome Primary School we teach using the National Curriculum objectives.  We link all our reading lessons to our class novel, which in turn links to our topic question.

Our teaching of reading grows from specific phonics lesson in EYFS and lower KS1, to whole class guided reading across years two to six.  Each day we investigate texts and apply strategies which link to the reading domains and reading skills so that children can develop a strong understanding of the texts they are accessing.

We understand the importance of reading comprehension and all children from years two to six complete a level appropriate reading comprehension on a Monday morning.  This encourages children to apply the specific domain skills taught in Guided Reading and develops important test skills which we know are needed throughout school.

At Gildersome Primary School we foster a whole school approach to reading and our love of books is visible in every classroom as well as around the school environment.

Children are encouraged to read for pleasure and are offered a wide variety of texts and genres to choose from and share.  We encourage this love of reading through cosy reading corners and word rich environments.  We read for pleasure with every child in school several times a week to nurture the joy of listening to an adult read.

We insist that all children have access to a personal reading book which is tailored to their current level of reading.  These books are meticulously chosen by experienced practitioners who understand the development of reading and know the needs of the specific children in their care.  We actively involve parents and carers in the reading development process and offer advice or support to them through meetings, blog posts and information leaflets.  Where possible we follow The Oxford Reading Tree scheme, however, we understand that specific children may need access to other schemes depending on their needs.