We aim to inspire a love of reading in all Glenfrome children. We use inspirational texts to engage children, teachers plan drama activities and lots of writing in role as characters, providing the children with key language and an enthusiasm for literature.
Glenfrome Primary School has been awarded the ECaR (Every Child A Reader) standard. We initially received the award in 2012 and again in 2018. ECaR is a school led approach focusing on ensuring children are confident readers by the age of 7 and providing early support so that children do not slip behind their peers. It aims to ensure that all children receive the support that they need to become successful readers. The is embedded within the school and is led by our Reading Recovery Teacher, Claire Banham, who has undertaken training as a Reading Recovery teacher and ECaR leader.
Quality first teaching
The teaching of reading begins with synthetic phonics taught using Letters and Sounds. Children build their knowledge of phonics alongside the learning of high frequency words. They children practise using phonic skills when reading phonetically decodable texts that match their phonic knowledge. They also read from a wide range of books in banded boxes. In Key stage 1 children go on to read in a Guided Reading group once they have reached age related expectations. Key stage 2 children read during a combination of whole class comprehension lessons and guided/individual reading.
In Reception and Year 1 children read from phonetically decodable reading books as well as book banded books. The phonetically decodable books give them more opportunities to use the phonic knowledge that they have been taught in class. From Year 2 the children mainly read from our banded books, which contain books from PM Thorne, Rigby Star, Bug Club, Storyworld, Project X and Oxford Reading Tree amongst others.
Reading Recovery is a programme for children in Year 1 or Year 2 who have been identified as requiring intensive specialist support. This teaching is delivered by our trained Reading Recovery teacher and involves approximately 20 weeks of one to one support. The aim of the programme is for children to reach age appropriate levels by the end of the programme which means they make accelerated progress.
Boosting Reading @ Primary (BRP)
All our Teaching Assistants and some parents and volunteers are trained to give BRP sessions. We are also lucky enough to have regular support from trained volunteers from DAS legal insurance as well as visiting UWE students who work with our children as part of their training. These sessions support pupils from across the school that are just below average and need targeted support for a short time in order to meet age related reading levels.
Other Reading Interventions
We also provide a range of other reading interventions for small groups of children. As well as having catch up phonics groups in Key Stage one, Reception and Year 1 children can receive extra help through the A-Z Reception Literacy Project. In Key Stage Two we provide extra reading support with Inference Intervention which focuses on developing the children’s comprehension.
Engaging the children
We have a text rich environment where we encourage all children to be readers and writers as this will develop their love, knowledge and understanding of literature. Playing word games, word searches, reading and making rhymes all help children to understand and use language that they might not use every day and support their creativity. Using inspirational texts, children can partake in drama activities and lots of writing in role as characters, providing them with key language and an enthusiasm for literacy.
Reading for Pleasure
We work hard to encourage children off all ages to gain a love of reading and to want to read for pleasure. Our library offers a large and exciting range of books that are easily accessible to the children. Glenfrome Primary school also encourages reading through a variety of reading events such as World book day, book fairs and sponsored events.