Reading

At Carbeile, you only have to take a look at our wonderful library to see how much we all love to read, how we prioritise it at Carbeile and how we promote a love of reading at every opportunity.  Read on to see how.

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84% of our children reached the expected standard in reading at the end of Key Stage 2 last year, with 32% achieving Greater Depth.  This is due to a number of reasons:

  1. We teach discrete Reading Skills lessons 4 times per week, with a focus on at least one element of VIPERS (Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve, Summarise/Sequence).
  2. Phonics lessons are taught to those children who are not yet secure in their phonic knowledge.
  3. We read the class reader to our children every single day.
  4. We do DEAR time every single week (Drop Everything And Read).
  5. We encourage our children to read as much at home as possible and reward lots of home reading.
  6. We have seven aims in supporting our children to become confident and able readers:
    • We ensure that the teaching of reading is a strategic priority for our school.
    • We foster a ‘love of reading’ at school and home.
    • We teach phonics using a high quality support scheme.
    • Phonics are taught from day one in reception and earlier in nursery if the children are ready.
    • Our reading books are matched to the decoding skills of our children.
    • The children who fall behind in reading are supported to catch up quickly.
    • All staff are experts in early reading.
  7. We recognise the huge benefits of reading: Children who read often and widely get better at it – Practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading in no different.  Reading exercises our brain – Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain rather than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens brains connections and builds NEW connections.  Reading improves concentration – Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If the read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.  Reading teaches children about the world around them – Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.  Reading improves vocabulary and language skills – Children learn new words as they read. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.  Reading develops a child’s imagination – As we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story we are also imagining how a character is feeling. Children then bring this knowledge into their writing.  Reading helps children to develop empathy – As children develop they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.  Reading is a fun – A book or an e-reader doesn’t take up much space and is light to carry, so you take it anywhere. You’ll never be bored if you have a book in your bag.  Reading is a great way to spend time together – Reading together on the sofa, bedtimes stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.  Children who read achieve better in school – Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.

To learn more about reading at Carbeile, go to our Curriculum Reading page, http://www.carbeile.cornwall.sch.uk/curriculum/english/reading-2/

Reading challenge.  Coupled with our ‘100 Book Challenge’, click on each year group below to see the top fifty books that are recommended that your child reads. Have a look and see how many of these you can read this year.

Year 3

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Year 4

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Year 5

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Year 6

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