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GOVERNORS OF STAR PRIMARY SCHOOL English Policy and Guidance School Mission Statement: At Star Primary School we believe that everyone is equally loved and accepted. Acknowledging the diversity of our community, we… • Provide a broad and balance curriculum encouraging every child to take the opportunity to achieve their full potential; • Nurture positive home, school and community relationships; • Promote tolerance and respect for all people and the world we live in. By order of the Governing Body of Star Primary School (Signed)________________________Dated ______________________________ (Head Teacher) (Signed)__________________________Dated _____________________________ (Governor) Policy Date: January 2017 Review Date: January 2020 1 Reading Policy and Guidance 2016 - 2020 2 Introduction Star Primary School has a clear, consistent, whole school approach to reading. Competence in reading is the key to independent learning and is given the highest priority at Star Primary School, enabling the children to become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers. Success in reading has a direct effect upon progress in all other areas of the curriculum and is crucial in developing children’s self-confidence and motivation. 1 AIMS The school aims to: o Provide the children with the skills and strategies necessary to develop into competent and fluent readers. o Encourage the enjoyment of books and love of reading so that the children develop a life-long passion towards literature. o Develop reading skills of exploring, analysing and deducing to fully encompass broad comprehension skills. o Be taught the full range of reading strategies including: Phonic knowledge (visual information) Grammatical knowledge (structural information) Word recognition and graphic knowledge (visual information) Contextual knowledge (Meaning) o Develop a critical appreciation of the work of authors, poets and illustrators in order to emulate these skills in their own writing. 2 TEACHING STRATEGIES Home-School When teaching Big Reading reading, Star Reading incorporates a range of methods and Phonics strategies to ensure a 3 A Day R-KS1 robust and vigorous approach. Reading Tree Visitors/Trips • Saplings- KS1 • Shakespeare performances • Reading Trees- Lower KS2 • Author visits and workshops • Grand Oaks- Upper KS2 • Shows and performances linked to stories. • Storytelling/Poetry weeks 3 We aim to provide high levels of motivation and active participation for our children at all ages. All of the teaching, non-teaching staff and volunteers are trained by the senior and middle leaders in the school to track and analyse pupil progress, to provide a deep analysis of each child’s reading and to effectively use the prompts/strategies needed to support the child’s next steps. 2.1 Home School Reading Programme To ensure that children are consistently practising and to encourage parental involvement, Star Primary has established a home-school reading programme. The programme gives all pupils from nursery to year 6 at least one book to take home daily and a reading journal with which they can practise and comment upon their reading at home. Children bring the book to and from school in their book bag. At school the teacher and teaching assistant will hear each child read individually and record the developmental comments in the reading journal. Each child will have: • Labelled zip wallet • Reading Journal • Reading book (suited to their ability and learning needs in order to progress). Resources for the teacher include: • A reading file • Class tracking sheet • Developmental comment prompt booklet. • Reading standards assessment sheet for each pupil in their class. • Access to ‘Oxford Tree Reading Books’ of all levels. In KS1 and EYFS the expectation is that every child is heard read daily and in KS2 the class teaching assistant is expected to hear each child read at least twice a week and the teacher at least once a week. The pupil’s reading progress is closely monitored using the class tracking sheet. 4 We encourage children to read at home every day and regularly change their books to ensure that they have new material to practise with. The class teacher and teaching assistant monitor fr

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