Here at Roscoe Primary School, we follow the Oxford Reading Tree scheme throughout Early Years, Key Stage 1 and 2.
Children in the Early Years are introduced to the characters - Kipper, Chip, Biff, Floppy, Mum and Dad in the phonics teaching books, which gives them a secure first step on their reading journey. As children work through the stages of the scheme, they will be heard reading on a regular basis in school and their word reading and understanding will be assessed.
Children are also able to choose their own books from a wide range in our class libraries and from our Reading for Pleasure area in school. As soon as children are assessed as competent readers and that they have a secure understanding of what they have read, they will have more freedom to choose their own titles from the books we have in school.
Reading is taught in many different ways at Roscoe and runs through all lessons. Teachers, teaching assistants and volunteers listen to children read individually on a one to one basis regularly. This provides children with valuable one to one time, support and guidance. There are Shared Reading sessions that involve children sharing the reading of a piece of text while supported by the teacher. The teacher models the skills of good readers, including reading with fluency and expression. Guided Reading is taught in regular sessions when children work in small groups of similar reading abilities supported by the teacher. During these sessions we will look at a text in detail, discussing the meaning of what we have read and we will practise specific skills for comprehension such as decoding and inference and deduction.
Reading For Pleasure
Reading for pleasure, means any reading that is primarily for enjoyment. This includes, books, magazines, comics, poems, picture books, newspapers, fiction and non fiction. Research has shown that reading for pleasure can result in increased empathy, improved relationships with others, improved wellbeing and an increased insight into the world view of others. At Roscoe, we know that young children who enjoy reading independently, will have had the door opened to new discoveries and wide interests, to knowledge creativity and confidence. We believe Reading for Pleasure is of the utmost importance and it is something that we promote in many different ways throughout our school.