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.
Our new library offers a large and exciting range of books that are easily accessible to the children. In addition, each class studies a key author each term, which develops children's knowledge of texts and helps them express reading preferences. 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. And, we hold a variety of reading events through the year, such as World book day, book fairs and sponsored events.
As we use Reading Recovery in our school, our main reading scheme books are the Nelson Thornes PM reading books. However this is supplemented by a range of other schemes and 'real books'. Some of the other reading schemes include; Rigby Star, Bug Club, Storyworld, Project X and Oxford Reading Tree amongst others.
Every Child a Reader (ECaR).
In 2012 we achieved the Bristol ECaR Standard which demonstrates best practice in our school. ECaR is embedded within the school and is led by our Reading Recovery Teacher, Claire Banham. Claire has undertaken a year long, part-time Reading Recovery professional development programme and continues to undergo training to update her skills and knowledge. All teaching staff have received ECaR training and use this knowledge in daily Guided Reading and literacy lessons.
Quality first teaching
All pupils are included in daily, high quality English lessons, where they explore different texts and language structures. There is also a daily (KS1) focus of synthetic phonics which is the teaching of the letter sounds and then building up to blending these sounds together to achieve full pronunciation of whole words. Glenfrome primary school offers, as a minimum, guided reading sessions for all children working at or above minimum age related expectations, 1:1 reading for children in Foundation Stage and also 1:1 reading for those children working below their year group expectation. We have a whole school Reading Programme based on Reading Recovery levels and running records/PM Benchmarking which fully supports teachers and volunteers that support reading.
Reading Recovery is a programme for children in Year 1 or Year 2 who have been identified as requiring intensive specialist support. This support 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.
Boosting Reading @ Primary (BRP)
All our LSAs and some parents/volunteers are trained to give BRP sessions. They support pupils from across the school that are working just below age related expectations 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 differentiated phonics groups in Key Stage one, Reception and Year 1 children can receive extra help through the Reception Literacy Project. In Key Stage Two we provide extra reading support with Inference Intervention and Premier League Football Reading Stars. These programmes work on developing comprehension skills and also on motivating and inspiring children to read.