Here at New Park, 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 New Park 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.
We are currently training some of our Year 6 and Year 5 pupils to be Reading Revolutionaries for our school. This is a course in which children connect to books, other children and their own imaginations enabling them to fulfil their potential. Younger pupils are inspired to develop a love of books through a buddying system. Please check back here later on in Autumn term to see our Revolutionaries in action.
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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 New Park, 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.
Patron of Reading - Damian Harvey
Childrens author, Damian Harvey is the new Patron of Reading for our school. A Patron of Reading is our school's specially designated children's author with whom we have now formed a personal attachment. He will be working with our school to raise the profile of reading for pleasure and he will be working with pupils, parents and staff.
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Damian visited us for the first time last week and each class had the chance to talk to him about his books, what inspires him and how he writes them. He delivered a brilliant assembly for our children and we were all hooked on his story telling.
Damian has set up his own blog for our school here
This is a way in which our children can keep in touch with Damian and share book recommendations, pictures and stories. We look forward to his next visit where hopefully some of our parents will be able to meet Damian.
We believe that teaching a child to read works best as a partnership between school and home. For further details on how you can help you child, please see the 'Parents' section of our website by clicking the link below.
Please click on the link below if you would like to find out about any adult courses available, that may help you support your child's learning at home.