At Eye C of E Primary School we encourage everyone to find a love of books and to embark on their reading journey.
In order to be successful in other areas of their learning, children need to be successful readers. Due to this, we encourage children to be reading at home at least 3 times each week. This is recorded in the children's reading records that allow our teachers to track the number of reads that have been completed. If children are reading 5 or more times in a week they receive a 'Reading Raffle Ticket' which gives them a chance to win a prize for their reading efforts.
As well as reading at home, children have a range of opportunities for reading in school. We are privileged to have a range of adult volunteers who give up their time to read with children on a 1:1 basis. Children also take part in 'Book Talk' sessions (see more about this below) where they can enjoy reading with their peers before discussing their responses to texts. We hold a range of reading events throughout the year including author and poet visits, bedtime stories evening for our Foundation Stage children and exciting ways to celebrate World Book Day.
Book Talk is an approach developed by the education consultant 'Jane Considine'. It is an approach that we have been using for over a year now and it has brought excitement and life to reading.
During Book Talk, children are organised into reading attainment groups and share a set of the ‘same’ books pitched at their level with appropriate challenge. All pupils in the classroom will be accessing narrative, non-fiction or poetry at the same time. Book Talk takes place daily for approximately 30 minutes and once a week children will work intensively during this session with the teacher.
The Book Talk session is layered with open-ended whole class questions to tackle the three layers of the reading rainbow. Children respond to questions and use sentence starters to show their knowledge and understanding of the text that they have read.
Children are able to win points in their group during the session by: using the sentence starter, completing the sentence starter and ensuring it makes sense, using the given ‘sparkly word’ (encouraging children to extend their sentences, give details and think deeply) and using quotes from the text using a visual action of quotation marks.
When a child begins school, they will be read with by an adult and given an appropriate colour reading book in line with their reading ability. As children become more confident and progress in their reading, they then will move through the book bands. Children should be changing their books regularly and their reading should be recorded in their reading record books. We are very fortunate at Eye to have a wealth of books (including fiction and non-fiction texts) for the children to enjoy.
Here is a list of the colour book bands and the order in which they progress.
Each class has a warm and inviting book corner which encourages the children to spend time getting lost in a good book. Our book corners offer a range of texts from poetry to adventure stories to information and reference books.
Children are able to spend time enjoying the book corner and often enjoy reviewing and recommending books they have read as well as challenging themselves to think deeply through challenge cards or reflection prompts about the story or information.
Each year group have between 4 and 6 designated focus authors which become a integral part of our classroom reading environment. Children are able to find out more about the authors as writers and can enjoy a range of texts which are available in the class book corner.
Use the year group links below to find out more about each year group's focus authors.
What was the title? What did you enjoy about the book? Would you recommend it to others?