How well do we check that pupils’ reading books match the sounds that they can read?

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At Carbeile, we understand the importance of pupils reading books that are at the correct level. We have taken the following steps, in order to ensure that all our pupils are reading a suitable text…

  • The Cliff Moon classification scheme for books has been disbanded (it was out-of-date and we had now way of matching newly purchased books to the scheme)
  • All classroom book corners have been re-organised and books re-labelled using a new, accurate system….
  • New, easy-to-follow, sticker colours (black-grey-white-red-orange-yellow-green-light blue-dark blue-pink)
  • These books bands have been communicated and explained to parents and carers.
  • Books are grouped into colours in the Reading Corners.
  • A poster, showing this new system, is in place in all book corners.

Teachers use a variety of assessment tools in order to check that reading books match well.

  • PIRA tests taken each term.
  • Regular 1-1 reading with children and listening to children in Reading Skills lessons.
  • Parents encouraged to read at home and comment in the Reading Record.
  • Toe by Toe Reading Age tests taken when needed.

 

  • Pupils who find reading difficult are allocated a Code-X book.
  • Regular book reading and checking from the school SLT.
  • Focussed reading with Pupil Premium children and children who do not read at home.
  • Bug Club subscription. Children allocated suitable books that they can read online.
  • ‘Year- group levelled’ Bug Club books that are used in Reading Skills lessons.
  • Code X groups taught by trained teaching assistants for some children who struggle with Reading.

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