We intend to equip all pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
Here at Roscoe, we plan and deliver a high-quality education in English in order to teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.
Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. We believe access to rich and varied library of literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society, as a child and in adult life.
It is our intent that every child should:
All children read, and are read to, so that they develop a love of reading. Books are selected by the teachers and English coordinator to ensure they are high quality and, where possible, link to other curriculum areas.
School uses a variety of schemes and these are all banded into levels. Children have the opportunity to read: Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Graphic Novels and Classic Novels.
All books are banded to ensure continuity and progression. Children do not have to read all the books to move to the next level. Children are assessed using the Benchmark scheme annually, or when needed, to ensure they are reading within the required band.
Children in the Early Years, Key Stage 1, and where necessary in Key Stage 2, have a phonics reading book. This book will be changed regularly and, when necessary, children will then be moved over to the banded reading scheme.
Children complete NFER and SATs tests termly. This data is then moderated by the Academy.
All children will have classic texts read to them in all year groups. This may include: fairy tales/rhymes, traditional tales and classic novels.
Four children are chosen, from years 2 and 6, to receive additional reading. These children have one hour of additional reading weekly.
All children are expected to read at home. School encourages children to read their ‘school’ reading book but also allows children to read a book of their choosing. This is recorded in the child’s reading record.
Children in Reception and Year 1 take home two reading books: their school reading book and a phonetically plausible book.
Children in Year 2, who did not pass their Phonics Screening Check, also take home a phonetically plausible book in addition to their school reading book.
All children from Reception upwards take part in daily whole-class reading. These sessions are planned around a high-quality text. These lessons teach a range of skills ensuring the National Curriculum reading domains are delivered.
All classrooms have a designated reading area with age-appropriate reading for pleasure books. All classrooms have access to subject specific books that further develop their curriculum knowledge.
Each class has a weekly visit to our stimulating school library where children have the opportunity to relax with their friends and thoroughly enjoy reading a book of their choice. This special time is a reading celebration that all children enjoy and look forward to.
Book Swap Box
Both Key Stages have access to a ‘Book Swap’ box. This is to further develop a love of reading. Children bring back into schoolbooks that school has gifted them so that other children have the opportunity to read them; children are also encouraged to bring in preloved books from home to donate to school.
Each class has a home-school reading bag. This bag contains a brand new, high-quality, age-recommended text, a drink and a treat. This bag is designed for the parents/carers to enjoy reading a book with their children. This bag is sent home weekly to a different child.