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Reading

We want all children to develop a love of reading whilst at Severnbanks Primary School.

Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what is printed on a page. We believe in the importance of children being read to; through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. All classes have key texts that are read to them which link in with their terms focus which exposes children to language and classic stories which they may find too challenging to read independently. We are part of the Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils project through Cheltenham Literary Festival where new books are introduced to staff.

Cracking Comprehension and Tony Whatmuff strategies for reading comprehension is  supplemented with VIPERS at KS2 and Guided Reading at KS1 focus on the skills of comprehension, through identifying new vocabulary, to understanding the meaning of the written text and making links into existing knowledge and other texts.

Teachers share a variety of written material regularly with the children, fiction and non-fiction, stories, reports, diaries and poems; but not forgetting the importance that picture books can play.

We have a home-school reading system, which requests that children read a book at the appropriate level for them. In EYFS and Key Stage 1, children read books matched to their phonic phase in order to read and sounds that they have been taught. This then progresses to include tricky, high frequency and common exception words so that children are exposed to reading patterns, repetition and sight reading giving them a thorough grounding in fundamental reading skills. At KS2 children Project X provides a structured reading scheme and then children follow ‘book bandings’ ensuring they are making progress.

Alongside this, we visit the Cheltenham Literary Festival to attend author workshops, have visiting authors, poets, theatres, visiting books fairs and celebrate Roald Dahl Day and World Book Day.


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Year group / Term

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Starlets

Nursery Rhyme focus

 

We’re going on a bear hunt

Goldilocks and the three bears

 

Polar Bear, Polar Bear

Dear Zoo

 

Handa’s Noisy Night

Oliver’s Vegetables

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Maisy goes on a plane

 

A duck in a truck

Sandcastle

 

Sharing a Shell

EYFS

Nursery Rhyme focus

 

Farmer Duck

Owl Babies

Stick Man

Handa’s Surprise

 

 Anansi the spider

 

 

Jack and the Beanstalk

 

Mr Wolf’s pancakes

The Train Ride

 

 Whatever Next

Lucy and Tom at the Seaside

 

Rainbow Fish

Year 1

I love my dinosaur

 

Dear Dinosaur

 

Dinosaur poetry

Mrs. Armitage on Wheels

 

Mrs. Armitage the Queen of the road

 

The Most Magnificent Things

 

Firework poetry

 

Non fiction- Usborne Famous lives for young readers, Florence Nightingale

 

The Paper Bag Princess

Robert Munsch & Michael Martchenko

 

Non fiction books

 

Lost and found by Oliver Jeffers

 

Animal riddles

Non fiction books about penguins

 

Oliver’s Fruit Salad and Oliver’s vegetables by Vivian French

 

Year 2

Hot Air

 

The Blue Balloon

 

Miranda the Explorer

Non fiction books about the Wright Brothers

 

Q Pootle 5

If I were a kid on the Titanic

 

Non fiction books about the Titanic

Toby and the Great Fire of London

 

Non fiction books about the GFoL

Pirates Ahoy!

 

 

The Little Mermaid

The Secret Garden

Year 3

The Night Gardener

Lights on Cotton Rock

Stone Age Boy

The Iron Man

Egyptian Cinderella

Charlotte’s Web

Year 4

The Tin Forest

The Wild Robot

The Boy who Biked the World

Who let the Gods out?

Tiger Tiger

Meerkat Mail

Year 5

Arthur and the Golden Rope

Cosmic

When the Mountains roared

 

The Viewer

Clockwork

The Explorer

Year 6

Pig Heart Boy

Shackleton’s Journey

Treason

Street Child

Chinese Cinderella

My Secret War Diary