At Whoberley, our main aim is to foster a life-long enjoyment of reading and enable every child to read confidently and fluently, showing a thorough understanding of a wide range of texts.
Children are given a variety of reading opportunities at school. This includes the teaching of phonics through Read Write Inc or Get Spelling for older children, guided reading sessions where children read in groups and 1:1 reading. Children have a book that they can take home and record their reading in their diary.
All of our fiction books and some non-fictions books are grouped using book bands and these range from books suitable for Reception age children, all the way through to Year 6. Book bands were created by the Institute of Education and are based on clear and steady progression of reading skills. It combines all reading schemes (such as The Oxford Reading Tree, Project X and Tree Tops) and library books so that no matter what book your child chooses to read, it will be pitched at the appropriate level for their reading skill. This means that children no longer have to read all of the books in the Oxford Reading Tree and can instead choose any book that lies within their ‘band’. Therefore, children will have a much broader choice of books to read and in turn gain more experience of reading a wider range of genres.
The children’s reading is regularly assessed through questioning during guided reading sessions (in groups), Read Write Inc (phonics sessions) and 1:1 reading. We question children against key objectives for EYFS, Key Stage and Key Stage 2 and the level of questioning will depend on your child’s ability and understanding of the text.