Reading for pleasure

Vision for Reading

At Dove Bank we focus on developing a love of reading for pleasure.

We aim to do this through a rigorous and sequential approach to the reading curriculum, which develops pupils' fluency and word recognition, ensures they gain an understanding of what they read and introduces them to a high number of quality-rich and enjoyable texts.

This is done by starting with our Monster Phonics programme from EYFS with carefully matched reading books, through to our Big Cat Collins books, supplemented by high-quality texts from our school library.

Reading has the highest priority in all aspects of the curriculum.

What’s New?

As a school we have invested heavily in new, exciting and enjoyable books for the children.

Every child is now closely matched to a reading book at any appropriate phonics phase.

We have begun to conduct termly fluency tests carried out by the English Lead Teacher across the whole school.

Results from these are then used to inform class teachers of the next steps for each child.

We also use VIPERS as a structure to teach comprehension skills.

We also run a book club to inspire a love of reading amongst some of our disadvantaged children.

Subject Leader Biography

My name is Mrs Heath and I am so excited to see children at Dove Bank learn to read and develop fluency.

It is a particular joy to conduct the fluency tests and see how the children progress in fluency so rapidly through the school.

I enjoy doing the book club and inspiring a love of reading to the children who attend.


Subject priorities

To ensure that children are closely to books based on their phonic knowledge, allowing them to be well supported and make rapid progress.

To ensure that children are explicitly taught key reading skills, such as decoding, segmenting and blending through phonics, and retrieval, interpretation and vocabulary through our school-wide reading plan.

To ensure that children are introduced to a range of high quality texts, making reading enjoyable and encouraging them to read for pleasure.

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