At Manor Park Primary School we firmly believe that igniting the love of reading and ensuring that every child becomes an excellent reader is of paramount importance. Life chances are undoubtedly improved by becoming a competent and skilled reader; it is therefore our fundamental responsibility as a school community to ensure we provide a rich cultural, emotional and diverse reading curriculum and environment within which every child thrives and progresses rapidly, regardless of their background, needs or abilities. All pupils are immersed in a wealth of books from different genres, authors and cultures and our school environment reflects our dedicated passion towards reading. We aim to ensure that every child leaves us as confident, fluent and passionate readers, we know that this will unlock all other areas of learning and empower the children throughout the rest of their education and later in life.
Early reading in EYFS
Please see our Early Reading and Phonics section
In Reception and Year 1 we use RWInc daily to teach reading. During the Summer Term, Year 1 pupils will take the Year 1 Phonics Check. When children commence Year 2, the vast majority of them will have completed the RWInc programme, any children that haven't will receive daily phonics reading sessions and in Year 3 fast track tuition which gives intensive, targeted support to address specific gaps in a child's reading in order for them to make rapid progress.
From Year 2 onwards, children will continue to embed all their phonic knowledge and will be able to decipher unknown words with confidence. Comprehension skills linked to the key reading domains are explicitly taught through whole class reading:
● Vocabulary (and grammar – linguistic knowledge)
Children hear, share and discuss a range of exciting, high quality and diverse texts, across a range of genres, which link to our creative curriculum topic. The chosen text is a stimulus at the beginning of a writing learning journey in English and an opportunity to focus on learning a range of rich, new vocabulary in the first lesson of the reading sequence. This vocabulary can be applied and used later in writing lessons. Green decodable words and red tricky words are still identified and read in lesson 1, coupled with exploring word meanings. Paired reading continues throughout the school, following the RWInc methodology in order to support successful reading and fluency. This is followed by a succession of lessons that focus on building comprehension skills. As children broaden their reading, they begin reading a range of age appropriate stage books and have access to a vast Oxford Owl e-book library to support reading at home. When we assess the children to have developed sufficient comprehension skills, they then commence our Accelerated Reader programme, where high quality reading practice develops and fuels growth: skills are honed whilst reading quizzes monitor comprehension and literacy skills and vocabulary quizzes extend children’s learning and build mastery.
Reading for Pleasure (Accelerated Reader)
We believe that the use of Accelerated Reader (AR) provides children with an ownership of their learning, an appropriate level of challenge and deeper engagement in their reading journeys. Working alongside teacher’s judgements and assessments, Accelerated Reader helps us to manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Children pick a book at their own level and read it at their own pace. When finished, children take a short quiz on the computer. Accelerated Reader then gives feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.
We have a very wide selection of books, across a range of genres, located throughout the school and in classrooms. You will also find that many of the children’s books at home can be found on AR as there are quizzes on more than 200,000 books, ensuring children never run out of choices. Use this link to check whether a book is part of the AR scheme: www.arbookfind.co.uk
As a result of completing the AR quizzes, children can earn points, which lead to certification levels. We love to celebrate their reading successes by handing out certificates and running competitions to further encourage reading.
'There are lots of different genres on AR. I love adventure, crime and mystery books the most. I love that there is a whole section of these books that I can choose from.' Summah
‘AR is really fun as you get to quiz after you have read a book and you can see how you are doing. Every half-term we take a star test which decides your level and which books you can choose next time.’ Lara
‘AR is a fun way to quiz on every book that you have read. There are lots of different genres and authors so there is always a book there for you to choose.’ Noah
‘I didn’t used to enjoy reading but AR is a fun way to read lots of different books. You get to take quizzes and compete with your friends to become a reading millionaire.’ Olly
Children have the perfect reading environment within which to flourish here at Manor Park! We have a fun double decker reading bus for EYFS and KS1 and fabulous caravans for KS2, which are fully stocked with a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry for the children to access. As well as this, we have an array of areas around the school, devoted to reading and which support children selecting their own reading books for Accelerated Reader, reading for pleasure and for research. These wonderful libraries are open at lunchtimes and the children often enjoy getting lost inside one of our marvellous books. Children can borrow books each week to both read at school and to share at home. Each classroom has a selection of well-chosen books which the children are able to enjoy and which enhance the children’s learning.