Reading at Manor Oak
Manor Oak places the highest importance on reading, ensuring that children read every day, in specific lessons, for pleasure and at home. In Year 2 and KS2, reading lessons take place at 10am for forty-five minutes on a Monday, Thursday and Friday and for thirty minutes on a Tuesday and Wednesday. In Year 1, this takes place for thirty minutes in the afternoon.
Over the course of a week in year 1, both the teacher and the teaching assistant will read with two groups, whilst the rest of the children complete reading activities such as tricky word snap. As the year progresses, the children’s reading activities will take more of a comprehension focus as the children improve and develop these skills. Within Year 2, the teacher and highly-trained teaching assistant reads with a group, whilst assessing understanding through high-level questioning. The rest of the groups undertake a comprehension task, engage in Phonics Play or Spelling play (depending upon reading ability) and complete reading activities. All reading lessons include a focus on vocabulary, recognition of high frequency words and applying reading strategies to texts. The texts that children read, are closely aligned to their phonic ability and planned comprehension questions ensure that fluency and accuracy progresses.
Within Key Stage 2, within each week children focus closely on a reading skill and apply this to a variety of texts, such as fiction, non-fiction and poetry. On day five of any given week, the children explore a different skill such as summarising or prediction, which is often linked to their class book. Children are exposed to plentiful high-quality texts, which both engage and enthuse, and help to widen children's use and control of language, which in turn, feed into their writing. Reading lessons typically involve exploration of a skill, peer-to-peer, individual or group reading and subsequent targeted questions. Where fluency and speed may still be required, intervention is put into place, aided by the PiXL Intervention programme.
A love for reading is actively encouraged and promoted across Manor Oak. First and foremost, the sharing of texts by all staff within classrooms, assemblies and library time, exposes children to a number of authors and helps to plant a love of books from an early age. Texts are readily available at lunchtimes, with each class taking a blanket and books out to the playground. Staff and children alike are constantly sharing and exploring books together and a reading club is held once a week. Reading areas within classrooms encourage discussion about texts and further engage children's interest.
Reading at home is encouraged through interesting and varied texts, complete with reading records, which allow for parental comments. Reading and phonic workshops are run termly and a parents group reads weekly with children chosen from each class. School engages parental reading with whole school initiatives such as ‘hear a story read to your child and coffee/tea mornings that invite parents in to explore the library and discuss reading strategies.